Incentives to employ and train

Employment incentives

Financial incentives are provided by the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments to help businesses with the cost of taking on a new employee, apprentice or trainee. Multiple incentives can apply, so please contact the agency providing the incentive or a Jobs and Skills Centre to discuss your situation. Download the factsheet which provides a summary of the incentives and wage subsidies for employers of apprentices and trainees.

COVID-19 Stimulus

Support for apprentices, trainees and businesses
The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.
 

Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.

The Commonwealth Government provides eligible employers operating in remote Australia, with subsidies and retention bonuses to create new ongoing jobs for Community Development Program participants. 

For more information, visit niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/cdp or call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68.

The Western Australian Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides grants for employers to take on an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations. Additional loadings are available for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, mature age (21 or over at commencement) and if the apprentice/trainee has completed a CTF approved pre-apprenticeship at school of through full-time post-school training. A trade bonus is also available for some qualifications.

For more information, visit ctf.wa.gov.au/industry/funding-support/

Commonwealth Government incentives are available for an apprentice/trainee enrolled in a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. Additional incentives are available to assist in the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those with a disability, mature age (21 years and older), school-based apprentices and apprentices working in a rural or regional area. 

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

This Commonwealth Government initiative has three streams of funding:

  • Employment – support for job seekers to address barriers to recruitment and improve retention in the workplace, and support for employers to engage and retain job seekers into ongoing jobs, including post-placement support.
  • School-based traineeships – support for secondary students to gain work experience and prepare for post-school transition into further study or employment.
  • Cadetships – support for university students to receive paid work-placement opportunities during the course of their study.

For more information, visit niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/tailored-assistance-employment-grants

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.


Apprentices and Trainees

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.

The Commonwealth Government’s Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) payment is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019 and their employers, in ten occupations experiencing national skills shortages.

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Commonwealth Government’s Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial aims to support apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas and encourage participation by employers who have not previously engaged apprentices, as well as re-engaging employers who may have disengaged from the system.

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Western Australian Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides grants for employers to take on an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations. Additional loadings are available for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, mature age (21 or over at commencement) and if the apprentice/trainee has completed a CTF approved pre-apprenticeship at school of through full-time post-school training. A trade bonus is also available for some qualifications.

For more information, visit ctf.wa.gov.au/industry/funding-support/

Commonwealth Government incentives are available for an apprentice/trainee enrolled in a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. Additional incentives are available to assist in the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those with a disability, mature age (21 years and older), school-based apprentices and apprentices working in a rural or regional area. 

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

The Western Australian State Government provides a payroll tax exemption on wages paid to apprentices under a registered training contract and eligible trainees with a training contract registered prior to 1 July 2019.

For more information, visit wa.gov.au/government/publications/payroll-guide

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

The Western Australian State government assists apprentices and trainees with travel and accommodation related to the completion of their off the job training component.

For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/about-us#travel-and-accommodation-allowance-policy

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.


Hiring staff

Provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who reengage an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated or cancelled by a previous employer on or after 1 March 2020 and on or before 30 June 2021. Visit the Jobs and Skills WA Reengagement Incentive information page.

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.

Through the Commonwealth Government’s remote employment development service, eligible employers operating in remote Australia can access subsidies and retention bonuses to create new ongoing jobs for CDP participants.

For more information, visit niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/cdp or call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68.

The Western Australian Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides grants for employers to take on an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations. Additional loadings are available for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, mature age (21 or over at commencement) and if the apprentice/trainee has completed a CTF approved pre-apprenticeship at school of through full-time post-school training. A trade bonus is also available for some qualifications.

For more information, visit ctf.wa.gov.au/industry/funding-support/

Commonwealth Government incentives are available for an apprentice/trainee enrolled in a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. Additional incentives are available to assist in the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those with a disability, mature age (21 years and older), school-based apprentices and apprentices working in a rural or regional area. 

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.

Incentives for group training organisations (GTOs) to employ and support apprentices and trainees in various priority areas. GTOs must enter into a WAGTP contract with the Department who will calculate, report and arrange payment of the incentive.

For more information email WAGTP@dtwd.wa.gov.au

 

Mature age

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.

The Western Australian Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides grants for employers to take on an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations. Additional loadings are available for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, mature age (21 or over at commencement) and if the apprentice/trainee has completed a CTF approved pre-apprenticeship at school of through full-time post-school training. A trade bonus is also available for some qualifications.

For more information, visit ctf.wa.gov.au/industry/funding-support/

Commonwealth Government incentives are available for an apprentice/trainee enrolled in a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. Additional incentives are available to assist in the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those with a disability, mature age (21 years and older), school-based apprentices and apprentices working in a rural or regional area. 

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.


People with disability

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.

The Commonwealth Government provides assistance to support Australian apprentices with disability, including the Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS), which is paid to employers, and assistance for tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices. DAAWS is also available to employers who employ Australian apprentices who become disabled during their apprenticeship.

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Commonwealth Government’s Employment Assistance Fund gives financial help to eligible people with disability and mental health conditions and employers to buy work related modifications, equipment, Auslan services and workplace assistance and support services. It is available to eligible people about to start a job, who are self-employed or currently working. It is also available to eligible people who need Auslan assistance or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

For more information, visit jobaccess.gov.au/employment-assistance-fund-eaf or call JobAccess on 1800 464 800.

Commonwealth Government incentives are available for an apprentice/trainee enrolled in a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. Additional incentives are available to assist in the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those with a disability, mature age (21 years and older), school-based apprentices and apprentices working in a rural or regional area. 

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information, visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.


Youth

The WA State Government, and Commonwealth Government, have announced new financial stimulus package measures to assist businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. For more information, visit the COVID-19 information page.

The Western Australian Construction Training Fund (CTF) provides grants for employers to take on an apprentice or trainee in a range of construction occupations. Additional loadings are available for eligible apprentices in regional areas, women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, mature age (21 or over at commencement) and if the apprentice/trainee has completed a CTF approved pre-apprenticeship at school of through full-time post-school training. A trade bonus is also available for some qualifications.

For more information, visit ctf.wa.gov.au/industry/funding-support/

Commonwealth Government incentives are available for an apprentice/trainee enrolled in a Certificate III or higher-level qualification. Additional incentives are available to assist in the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, those with a disability, mature age (21 years and older), school-based apprentices and apprentices working in a rural or regional area. 

For more information, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loading payments are available for apprenticeships and traineeships aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL), apprentices and trainees who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, who have a disability, live in specified regional or remote locations and mature age apprentices (21‑30 years).

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive#i-who-is-eligible-to-access-the-incentive

The Commonwealth Government provides an incentive payment to eligible businesses who host a National Work Experience candidate (17 years or older) and then offers the participant ongoing employment after the placement. 

For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/employerinfo/national-work-experience-programme

The Western Australian State government pre-apprenticeship incentive provides up to $500 per student to cover supervision costs, paid via the Registered Training Organisation. For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/skilling-australians/the-pre-traineeships-program

Commonwealth Government wage subsidies are available for eligible businesses to contribute to the costs of hiring new staff who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, those with a disability, youth (15-24 years of age), those aged 25-29, a principal carer/parent, mature age (50 years and over) or registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.

For more information visit jobactive.gov.au/ or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.

The Commonwealth Government Path (Prepare, Trail, Hire) program supports businesses to trail young people (17-24) in the workplace and offers financial incentives when they hire. For more information, visit jobsearch.gov.au/path/resources