Employer Incentives

Updated 17th March 2015

The most commonly asked question we get from employers is “what incentives are available if I put on an apprentice?”  To help answer this we have compiled all the information we can find in one area, including links to the pages to check the latest details. This information changes quite often, so for the latest information check with the individual organisations listed, or your apprentice broker, eg Business SA, MEGT, Mission Australia & Sarina Russo. Skills for All have a very helpful website that covers a lot of good information, visit http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships/employing-an-apprentice-or-trainee

How do I sign up an apprentice?

You can read our step by step guide by clicking this link, or contact the Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) on 13 38 73 for referral advice, or visit  www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au. An AAC assists employers with the processes involved in registering a new apprentice, engaging an appropriate training organisation and managing the payment of Australian Apprenticeship Program incentives (where applicable).

A staff member will come to you, on the job, and organise your papers as well as arrange any applicable government incentives. Generally, this service to the employer and the apprentice is “Free of Charge”.


Employer Support

The CITB provides a range of support funding to assist meeting the skills profile requirements of the Construction Industry. Employers may have eligible apprentices and trainees who will be eligible for employer support payments.

If you require additional assistance or help and are thinking of taking on an Apprentice there are two options available to you:

  • Either employ an Apprentice directly, or
  • Hire one through a Group Training Organisation (GTO).

Eligibility – http://citb.org.au/Apprentice/TuitionFunding/Eligibility/tabid/116/Default.aspx

Funding Schedule – http://citb.org.au/Apprentice/FundingSchedule/tabid/129/Default.aspx

If you wish to register with the CITB to receive the employer support payments, Completions Funding ($1,000 a year) and On-Job Funding ($1,800 a year). You will need your ABN, Trading Name, address and banking details.

Once your Company is registered, ask your Apprentice to register with the CITB, quoting your ABN, which links them to your Organisation. They will need their Contract of Training (COT) Number together with their personal details.

SA Employer Subsidies: Please discuss with your Apprenticeship Broker (the person who brings out the paperwork to sign up apprentices) to make sure you are aware of any changes.

These are paid when the apprentice has been working at the following time intervals:

6 Months – Federal Govt Commencement = $1500

12 Months – CITB = $2800

24 Months – CITB = $1800

36 Months – CITB = $1800

48 Months – CITB Completion = $1800

48 Months – Federal Govt Completion = $2500

There are special incentive payments available for BRICKLAYERS only, from the Australian Brick & Block Training Foundation:

ABBTF (Bricklayers only) http://www.abbtf.com.au/sa/sa-bricklayer-employer-incentives/

ABBTF is the only trade body in Australia providing financial support to its industry members.   The Brickstart Subsidy provides up to $3,000 in wage support over three years for bricklayers and builders directly employing bricklaying apprentices – with $1,000 paid on the satisfactory completion of each of the first three years of the apprenticeship.

ABBTF Support for Adult Apprentice Bricklayers (SAAB):
Support is available for the employment of adult bricklayer apprentices between the age of 21 and 24 years.  A $2,000 subsidy is paid to the employer on the completion of Year 1 of the apprenticeship

See the ABBTF website.

WorkCover remuneration exemption

Employers may be entitled to a WorkCover remuneration exemption for apprentices and/or trainees whom they employ. Arrangements for the exemption were recently amended so that:

  • Trainees who have commenced an approved training contract before 23 May 2013 will continue to be exempt during their existing training contract.
  • Trainees who commence after 30 June 2013 will not be exempt unless they are eligible trainees of a registered South Australian Group Training Organisation.
  • There are no changes for apprentices, who will continue to be exempt.

For more information and full details of conditions visit the WorkCoverSA website or call 13 18 55.

Quick Links:
Australian Government Incentives – www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au
WorkCover – www.workcover.com
Payroll Tax Rebates are being considered again! Refer to – www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au
CITB Incentives – www.citb.org.au


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