The Australian Government has launched a new incentive that targets occupations with critical skills shortages. In target areas the incentive will provide up to $4,000 in support to eligible employers and $2,000 to new apprentice from 1 July 2019.
Key Issues —
New Australian Government incentives effective 1 July 2019 will help address skills shortages in critical industries and support more people to take up apprenticeships.
Employers and the new apprentices they hire, in ten national skills shortage occupations, may be eligible for the Additional Identified Skills Shortage (AISS) Payment.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator Michaelia Cash said the AISS will
help create and support up to 80,000 new apprenticeships over five years. The funding will deliver up to $4,000 in support to eligible employers and $2,000 to new apprentices in occupations with critical skills shortages, including carpenters and joiners, plumbers, hairdressers, bakers and pastry cooks, wall and floor tilers, and arborists.
The initiative is an is an important part of the Australian Government’s $525 million package ‘Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow’, an investment that will upgrade and modernise Australia’s VET sector and encourage more people to pursue a career in the skilled workforce.
The full eligibility requirements and a list of occupations eligible for the AISS can be accessed through Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers.
Applications for phase two of the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial also opened
from 1 July 2019. This trial provides support to employers in the first three years of an Australian Apprenticeship, offering 75% per cent of the first year award wage, 50% for the second year award wage and 25 per cent for the third year award wage.
Businesses in rural and regional communities that employ an additional apprentice from 1 July 2019, undertaking a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification which leads to a National Skills Needs Listed occupation, may now be eligible to apply.
In an associated move the Australian Government is also lowering the age for eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive from 25 to 21 years for apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019.
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