Funding and incentives
Australian government funding
Support for adult Australian Apprentices payment initiative (Australian Apprenticeships website) or telephone your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre on 13 38 73 to find Australian Apprenticeships Centres in your region.
Only an Australian Apprenticeships Centre that is contracted by the Australian Government can advise you of your eligibility for these incentives.
Construction Skills Queensland
Construction Skills Queensland provides a range of services to employers, job seekers and workers in the building and construction industry. It acts as a single point of contact to help attract, recruit, train and retain workers, therefore ensuring a sustainable workforce with the rights skills in the right place at the right time.
Services include information on careers, access to financial incentives, information on training available to new and existing workers in the industry, access to potential employers and other advice.
For more information visit the Construction Skills Queensland website or telephone the Construction Skills Queensland helpline on 1800 798 488.
Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support Program
The Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support Program provides additional assistance to eligible employers who recruit an apprentice or trainee with a disability and who has been assessed as a person requiring assistance. Assistance may include a wage support payment and/or tutorial, interpreter and mentor services. Assistance may also be available for leasing or purchasing essential equipment, or for modifying the workplace to accommodate an apprentice or trainee with a disability.
More information on the disabled apprentice program (Centrelink) or telephone the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.
Queensland government funding for training
This department provides funding for the delivery of training that:
addresses strategic priorities that are of economic and social importance to Queensland
increases participation for disadvantaged, marginalised and under represented groups
aligns with Queensland's training and employment priorities.
The department consults with key industry and regional stakeholders to identify training and employment priorities. Funds are then directed to employment, focused and skill based areas of training which are most critical to Queensland's economic and social development.
When discussing your training needs with a registered training organisation, you will be advised of training costs and any entitlements to government funding.
Queensland government funded training for apprenticeships and traineeships
The Queensland Government funds a number of registered training organisations to provide training at a reduced cost to all full time, part time and school based apprenticeships and all school based traineeships.
Trainees undertaking a Certificate II or III traineeship are eligible to receive funded training from an registered training organisations if they are undertaking a traineeship in an area of skill shortage, or of importance to Queensland's economy. Funded training is also available to trainees in an identified priority population group.
You have the option of selecting a government funded registered training organisations to deliver training to your apprentice or trainee, or paying for training to be delivered by another training organisation.
School to Trade Pathway incentive
Under the School to Trade Pathway incentive, private and public sector employers may be eligible for a $5,000 bonus payment if they commence a school based apprentice, on or after 1 July 2013, which is then converted to a full time arrangement. For more information please read the School to Trade Pathway incentive Fact Sheet (PDF, 209KB).