The Federal Government has announced an extension of the popular ‘Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements’ program. 

What is a wage subsidy?

Wage subsidies are a financial incentive to encourage employers to hire eligible participants in ongoing jobs by contributing to the initial costs of hiring a new employee. Wage subsidies can help to build a business and give employers greater flexibility in their hiring options.

Employers can access a wage subsidy if they:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have not previously received a wage subsidy for the same person
  • are not an Australian, state or territory government agency
  • offer a job that is expected to be ongoing and for an average of 20 hours per week over the six months of the wage subsidy agreement
  • offer a job that complies with employment standards for the position – for example, is suitable work and pays as a minimum the national award wage.



Some jobs are not eligible for a wage subsidy, including:

    • work that displaces an existing employee
    • commission-based, subcontracting or self-employment positions and
    • work for an immediate family member.

Up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) is available for new employees who are:

  • 15 to 24 years of age,
  • Indigenous Australians, or
  • 50 years of age and over.


Up to $6,500 (GST inclusive) is available for new employees who are:

    • 25 to 29 years of age,
    • parents, or
    • registered with an employment services provider for 12 months or more.
  • The subsidy is available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location.
  • The subsidy is capped at 100,000 places.
  • The subsidy is not available for any apprentice receiving any other form of Australian Government wage subsidy e.g. Supporting Apprentices and Trainees or JobKeeper.
  • Payments will be made quarterly in arrears, with first claims for the subsidy available from 1st January 2021.
  • Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31st December 2021.
  • Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate IV Education Support
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
  • Diploma of Hospitality

Employers of any industry or size are eligible for a subsidy of up to 50% of the Australian Apprentice’s gross wage paid. The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter per eligible Australian Apprentice or Trainee. Payments will be made in arrears for each quarter. This is available to new and re-engaging Apprentices and Trainees.

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) scheme is designed to support economic recovery from COVID-19. This package provides support for businesses to take on more Apprentices and Trainees. This includes Permanent Part-Time, Full-Time and School-Based Apprentices and Trainees.

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