Updated 8 April


Eligibility for the apprenticeship incentive depends on who the apprentice was employed by and when.

The apprenticeship incentive is available to:

  • Small businesses (including those using Group Training Organisations) employing fewer than 20 employees; and
  • Other businesses or Group Training Organisations employing apprentices who have been displaced by small business employers.

The small business employer must have employed the apprentice at 1 March 2020 and will need to provide evidence of wages paid to the apprentice. If the small business subsequently is unable to retain the apprentice, another business can access the incentive if they then employ and pay wages to the apprentice.

How is the support calculated?

Employers will be reimbursed 50% of an eligible apprentice’s wage up to a maximum of $21,000 per apprentice ($7,000 per quarter).

How is the support provided?

Employers can register for the subsidy from 2 April 2020 (final claims by 31 December 2020). The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will assess the eligibility of claims.