Federal Government subsidy available now

The Federal Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy will be available to businesses who engage an apprentice or trainee before 31 March 2022.
Through the subsidy, any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian apprentice between the 5th of October 2020 and the 31st of March 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 percent of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for a 12-month period from the date of commencement, to a maximum of $7,000 per employee per quarter. There is no cap on the number of eligible trainees/apprentices.
The subsidy is open to businesses of all sizes, industry or geographic location. Businesses or Group Training Organisations may be eligible if:
• they engage an Australian Apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022; and
• their Australian apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority.
Additional eligibility requirements will apply to existing workers.
Businesses should advise their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (which can be found at of their intent to claim this subsidy during the process of hiring apprentices and trainees.
The subsidy is not available for any apprentice receiving any other form of Australian Government wage subsidy, such as Supporting Apprentices and Trainees or JobKeeper.
Payments will be made quarterly in arrears, with the first claims for the subsidy available from 1 January 2021 and final claims for payment needing to be lodged by 30 June 2023.
The 100,000 cap limit has been removed to provide additional support to employers and GTOs.
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will also deliver additional Gateway Service places and enhanced In-Training Support for women interested in, or starting, an apprenticeship in a non-traditional trade occupation; with an additional 5,000 Gateway Services places made available to women interested in undertaking an apprenticeship in a non-traditional trade occupation and in-training support services guaranteed for women starting in non-traditional trade occupations.

To view the full program guidelines, go to