Initiatives and incentives


Initiatives and incentives for Employers

Through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme, MAS National supports employers by administering a range of funding to eligible employers.

Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Programme Funding includes:

• Commencement and Completion incentives
• Australian School Based Apprentice incentives
• Support for Australian Adult Apprentice incentives
• Rural and regional skills shortage
• Nominated equity groups incentives
• Declared Drought area incentives
• Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability incentives
• Mature Aged Workers incentives

Apprentices can also be eligible for additional personal benefits to support the Australian Apprenticeship such as Living Away From Home Allowance and Trade Support Loans.

Upon registration of an Australian Apprenticeship, employers will receive incentive advice from the MAS Team. If you would like more information please contact MAS Experience for more information on 1300 MAS NAT (627 628).


Additional Incentives and Support

Federal and state governments and industry associations also provide a number of additional initiatives and incentives to encourage and assist the employment of apprentices and trainees.

This list shows some of the available programs. Please contact MAS Experience for more information on 1300 MAS NAT (627 628).



Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Programme: You could be eligible to receive financial assistance of up to $4,000 for all eligible full-time workers.

Restart Programme: The Restart programme is an Australian Government wage subsidy that encourages businesses to employ mature workers.

Growing Jobs and Small Business Package: The Growing Jobs and Small Business Package is designed to help small business to grow and create jobs.

Free Business Advisory Services: Employers can access Business Advice through local providers

ABBTF – Bricklaying Apprentice Grant: $3000 Brickstart Subsidy to employers who take on a new Bricklaying apprentice, plus additional $2000 if the Apprentice is aged between 21-25; or is a Female Apprentice Bricklayer.

State By State Payroll and WorkCover Exemptions Guide: Please refer to our state-by-state guide to discover what exemptions you may be eligible for.


The Back to Work Scheme: provides employers with up to $11000 additional support for hiring and training of eligible dairy industry workers and retrenched automotive workers in Victoria who commenced employment from 1 July 2016.

WorkSafe: Some apprentice/trainee remuneration is exempt from WorkCover insurance.


South Australia

Payroll Tax Exemptions for Charitable Organisations: This exemption is granted on application and given at the discretion of Revenue SA.

Critical Skills Fund: The Program provides employers of apprentices/trainees with a payment up to $2,000 for each apprenticeship/traineeship completed in a qualification on the Critical Skills List

Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program: The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program provides incentives for private sector employers to employ Aboriginal People aged over 16 years into trade-based apprenticeships.

Construction Industry Training Board: Collects a levy on construction projects in South Australia and provides grants of up to $15,100 to employers to reduce the cost of training apprentices.



Growing Jobs and Small Business Package: This package delivers incentives targeted to employers and young job seekers transitioning from school to work.

OzHelp Support: OzHelp Support services are about making sure that apprentices, workers, supervisors, managers and employers are able to keep moving forward in their personal and professional lives.

Small Business Advisory Service: Free advice on business planning, finances, HR and digital engagement.



Payroll Tax Exemptions: Employers can be eligible to claim 50% payroll tax rebate for Apprentices and Trainees from 01 July 2016 until 01 July 2021.

Regional Back to Work Package: Employers in regional Queensland can be eligible for up to $15,000 for taking on disadvantaged jobseekers.


New South Wales

Jobs Action Plan: provides NSW Employers with a payroll tax rebate when they employ new workers in eligible employment.

Small Business Grant: Encourages small businesses in New South Wales (NSW) to hire new employees and expand their business.