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Costs and incentives

There will be some costs involved with employing an apprentice or trainee. However, there are also some incentives that employers can access (if eligible) to help with the costs.

Costs, wages and entitlements for apprentices and trainees.

State government and industry funding and incentives

WorkCover Queensland

From 1 July 2017, WorkCover Queensland will offer employers a discount on their premium if they employ an apprentice. The discount will be applied by removing the apprentice wages from the employer’s premium calculation. Does not apply to employment of trainees.

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Under the User Choice program, the department funds some training organisations to provide training for some apprenticeships and traineeships at a reduced cost.

Federal government funding and incentives

Incentives have been introduced to help employers, particularly where the apprenticeship or traineeship is in an area experiencing a skills shortage.

These incentives may include:

  • start and finish incentive payments
  • payments for employers that hire apprentices or trainees over the age of 25
  • help for employers of apprentices or trainees with disability
  • help for employers of school-based apprentices or trainees.

Contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider or phone 13 38 73 to find out which incentives you are eligible for.

Wage subsidies

The Australian Government offers incentives to employers of:

  • young people
  • mature age people
  • Indigenous Australians.

Visit Jobsearch to find out more.

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support

The Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support program is available if you employ eligible apprentices with a disability or employ an apprentice who has become disabled.