Strategic Review of the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive System

The Strategic Review of the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive System is investigating the support available to help more people start and complete apprenticeships and traineeships.

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About the review

The Australian Government is undertaking a review of the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive System (Incentive System).

The Incentive System provides financial support to apprentices, trainees and employers working in priority industries. It is intended to encourage people to start an apprenticeship or traineeship and see it through to completion. This is to ensure Australia has workers with the trade and technical skills needed by industry, providing a secure, well-paid work and career advancement.

Apprenticeship completion rates have been in steady decline over several years. The review is looking into how support can best be placed to increase the completion rate.

Background Paper

The Background Paper summarises the key challenges facing apprenticeships. It is a research document, detailing key evidence and data. It is accompanied by the Provisional Reference List, which is a bibliography of the reviews, research papers, reports and other resources the Strategic Review has considered to date.


Written submissions for the Strategic Review closed on Wednesday 15 May 2024. Thank you to those who provided a written submission. Your insights and ideas are invaluable to the Review’s work. All public and anonymous submissions are available on our consultation hub.

What the review will look at

  • How the Incentive System and complementary services are performing in helping the take up and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • The effect that cost-of-living pressures is having on apprentices and trainees.
  • How the Apprenticeships System can best support high quality apprenticeships and traineeships, including the roles of government support, workplace conditions and culture, and employers.
  • If the current system is creating a training environment encouraging women, First Nations people, people with disability and people in regional, rural and remote communities into apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • How the Incentive System can be aligned with the priorities in the 2023 Employment White Paper and the Australian Government’s broader economic objectives.

Leading the review

The Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, has appointed Justice Iain Ross AO and Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM as the reviewers.

Justice Iain Ross AO
Photo of Lisa Paul AO PSM, taken by Tyler Cherry, University of Australia

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