Apprenticeships and traineeships

An Australian Apprenticeship – that is an apprenticeship or traineeship – is a great way to get a head start in a chosen career or to retrain for the career you have always wanted. For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.

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An Australian Apprenticeship provides a nationally recognised qualification and on-the-job experience. It combines time at work with training and can be completed full-time, part-time or while you are still at school.

Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age regardless of their level of education. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.

Australian Apprenticeships are available in variety of qualifications levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia, in traditional trades, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.

Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for information on how apprenticeships and traineeships work and the support available for apprentices, trainees and employers.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

The Australian Government delivers targeted support to Australian Apprentices and their employers through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System

On 1 July 2022 the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System commences, replacing the previous Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. It provides support for eligible employers of Australian Apprentices and Australian Apprentices themselves to increase commencements and completions in priority occupations and support employers around Australia to fill skill shortages.

Government support under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System will focus on priority occupations, ensuring that support is targeted to build the skills that Australia needs most.

For further information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Program guidelines

Apprenticeships Incentive System Program Guidelines

Appendices to program guidelines:

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program closes to new entrants on 30 June 2022. It provides a number of incentives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage.

Employers and apprentices claiming incentives for an apprenticeship or traineeship that commenced before 1 July 2022 will continue to be supported under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

For further information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Program guidelines

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guidelines

Appendices to program guidelines:

Trade Support Loans

To support Australian Apprentices to meet everyday costs while they undertake their training, eligible apprentices will be able to apply for Trade Support Loans. These loans provide up to $22,890 worth of income contingent loans and are paid monthly in arrears.

Apprentices will not have to repay the loans until they are earning an income above the minimum repayment threshold ($48,361 for 2022-23). In order to maintain the real value of the loans, the loan amount will be indexed according to the Consumer Price Index.

Apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship will receive a 20% discount on their loan amount.

The Australian Government is seeking amendments to legislation to expand eligibility for Trade Support Loans in line with the Australian Apprenticeship Priority List.

Program Guidelines

Trade Support Loan Guidelines


The Trade Support Loans programme is governed by the Trade Support Loans Act 2014, as well as two legislative instruments.

Priority occupations and qualifications

The following lists, in line with paragraph 5 and 6 of the Trade Support Loans Priority List 2014, provide the occupations and qualifications for which skilled persons are a priority. Australian Apprentices undertaking training in one of these qualifications may be eligible to receive Trade Support Loans.