​​​​​​​​​​Cost​​s and incentives


Employers may benefit from state and Australia​n Government incentives for employing an apprentice or trainee.

​Various incentives are also available from the Australian Government for eligible employers depending on their location, industry and the person employed. To find out if you are eligible, contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, visit the AASN website or phone 13 38 73.

WorkCover Queensland premium discounts

From 1 July 2017, WorkCover Queensland will offer employers a discount on their premium​ if they employ an apprentice. The discount will be applied by removing the apprentice wages from the employer's premium calculation. Does not apply to employment of trainees.

Employers may be eligible for a payroll tax exemption for the wages paid to their apprentices and trainees. Visit the Business Queensland website​.

Wages and​​ entitlements

Visit the wages, conditions and workplace requirements section under the Apprentices section​ on this website to find out about wages, workers' compensation, superannuation, tools and industrial action.


The costs involved in employing an apprentice or trainee may include:

  • recruitment costs to find the right person for the apprenticeship or traineeship
  • wages and entitlements including
    • superannuation
    • workers' compensation
    • cost of supplying tools (if required)
  • cost of providing special equipment (if required)
  • travel and/or accommodation costs for the apprentice or trainee to attend training
  • training costs.

Some training organisations are funded by the department to provide training for some apprenticeships and traineeships at a reduced cost. This is referred to as User Choice and more information can be obtained from the Training website.

You have the option of selecting one of these training organisations to deliver the training for the apprenticeship or traineeship. Information regarding these training organisations is available from the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

Alternatively, you can choose to pay the full fee for training delivered by an organisation that does not have a contract with the department.

The training organisation that you and your apprentice or trainee decides on must advise of any fees to be paid (including student contribution fees which are payable by the apprentice or trainee). You may be required to contribute towards the cost of training where the department's funding contribution does not meet the cost of training offered by the training organisation. If you attend a training organisation who receives departmental funding, your registration letter will contain details of the amount the department is contributing towards the training.

Cost of tra​ining existing employees

Existing employees undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships may be eligible to receive funded training from those training organisations that have a User Choice funding contract with the department. To find out more about the Existing Workers Policy, read the Existing Workers fact sheet (PDF, 330KB)​ on the Training website.

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Last updated
19 July 2018