Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

At a glance


Provides employers with funding of between $750 and $4,000 to employ an apprentice.

Who can apply:

At a minimum, you must:

  • employ an Australian apprentice at Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level
  • have a training contract with your apprentice.

Other eligibility requirements may apply.


The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides:

  • financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities. The incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations
  • a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent’s home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship.

What support or funding is available?

The incentive payments to employers are based on the apprenticeship certificate level completed. The majority of incentive payments are one-off and paid annually at the end of the year. Payments range from $750 to $4000, depending on the incentive. Payments to offer apprenticeship opportunities to apprentices with a disability are paid weekly.

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is a weekly payment to the apprentice that starts at $75.21 each week in the first year of the apprenticeship and reduces to $22.15 each week in the third year.

Free advice and support is available to both employers and apprentices through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers.

Who can apply?


Employers who employ an eligible Australian Apprentice under an approved Training Contract can apply to receive incentives under the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Programme.


Australian Apprentices who meet the eligibility criteria for personal benefits under the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Programme.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Each incentive payment has a set of criteria which need to be met in order to receive the payment. To review the criteria go to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme and select the incentive of interest.

More information


For more information about Australian Apprenticeships and to apply, visit the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme, or call 13 38 73.


Contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider who can provide you with an application for Living Away from Home Allowance, or call 13 38 73.