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31 Oct 2018

Exciting news for Rural and Regional Employers.

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, today announced a trial apprentice wage subsidy to support regional and rural businesses.

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

Overview

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial is available to employers who sign-up and commence a new worker Australian Apprentice from 1 January 2019.

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is based on the award wage rate under which an Australian Apprentice is employed and provides support in the first three years of an Australian Apprenticeship as follows:

  • 75 per cent of the first year award wage;
  • 50 per cent of the second year award wage;
  • 25 per cent of the third year award wage.

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is in addition to the suite of employer incentives available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

The Apprentice Wage Subsidy is not available where an employer is receiving any other form of Australian Government or State Government wage subsidy or equivalent assistance for the Australian Apprentice.

Eligibility for the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is available to employers who employ a new worker Australian Apprentice undertaking a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List in a rural and regional workplace. The Australian Apprentice must be employed under the relevant Award (modern award) for their occupation.

The employer must not have previously employed an Australian Apprentice or have not employed an Australian Apprentice in the three year period prior to 1 January 2019. The employer must also meet all other eligibility requirements under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is based on the minimum award wage rate under which an Australian Apprentice is employed. An employer may pay higher than the minimum award wage rate, however the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is based on the minimum award wage rate, and not the actual wage paid to the Australian Apprentice.

For further information click here or you can download the Fact Sheet