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Incentives and subsidies for apprentices, trainees and their employers

Incentives and subsidies are available to apprentices, trainees and their employers. These are provided by both the State Government and the Australian Government, as well as other organisations, details of which are listed below: 

Apprentice/trainee travel and accommodation allowances

Skills Tasmania provides travel and accommodation allowances to assist apprentices and trainees who are required to travel to attend off-the-job training either within Tasmania or interstate.  


Targeted Apprentice and Trainee Grant for Small Business program

The Targeted Apprentice and Trainee Grant for Small Business is a grants program aimed at increasing the number of apprentices and trainees employed in identified industries.

The program replaces the Small Business Grant to support Apprentices and Trainees pilot program effective as at 23 May 2018.

Under the program, employers in eligible target industries who are not eligible to claim the Payroll Tax Rebate (Apprentices, Trainees and Youth Employees), can apply for a subsidy of up to $5,000 for each apprentice or trainee they employ as a new worker from 23 May 2018 onwards.  

The initial focus of the program will be on businesses in the building and construction, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing industries who have a real need for skilled labour and play a critical role in driving economic and employment growth.


Australian Government incentives

Incentives are available from the Australian Government to assist employers to employ and support apprentices and trainees. Incentives are also available to trainees and apprentices to help support their training. As well as standard apprenticeship / traineeship commencement and completion incentives, apprentices/trainees can benefit from programs such as Living Away from Home Allowance and Trade Support Loans.

Additional assistance is also provided for, amongst others, apprentices/trainees with a disability, existing employees and adult apprentices/trainees. For further information visit the Australian Government's Australian Apprenticeships website. Otherwise, your local Apprenticeship Network Provider should be able to provide you with any advice regarding incentives as well eligibility requirements. 


Industry specific incentives

The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) provides subsidies to support employers in the building and construction industry. For more information contact the TBCITB.