Employer incentives and subsidies for apprenticeships and traineeships

When you employ an apprentice or trainee in Queensland, you may be eligible for financial support to reduce the cost of training and supervision throughout the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Financial support comes in many forms:

  • one-off incentive payments
  • subsidies (wages, training)
  • discounts (workers' compensation)
  • exemptions (payroll tax).

Support payments do not cover the full cost of employing an apprentice or trainee. But, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for more than one kind of payment.

Australian Government incentives

You may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government to help with hiring and training an apprentice or trainee.

Australian Government apprentice and trainee incentives

Learn about wage subsidies, skills shortage payments and support for apprentices or trainees who are mature-aged or have a disability.

Queensland Government incentives

One-off payments

Government pays for

Eligibility criteria

Program name

Support payment of up to $20,000

Employers who recruit eligible unemployed jobseekers in regional Queensland

Back to Work

Training subsidies

Government pays for

Eligibility criteria

Program name

A contribution to the cost of training for priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications. These subsidies are paid directly to the eligible Skills Assure Supplier Registered apprentices and trainees, who are under 25 and doing one of 139 priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications. Only available through pre-approved training organisations

Free apprenticeships for under 25s

Registered apprentices and trainees, who are doing a high priority apprenticeship or traineeship. Only available through pre-approved training organisations

User Choice

Up to 26c/km for road and rail travel, flights for residents on Cape York Peninsula or islands of the Torres Strait and $36–$72/night for accommodation

Registered apprentices or trainees must meet specific criteria including residing more than 100km from their closest approved training organisation

Travel and accommodation subsidy

Insurance discounts

Government pays for

Eligibility criteria

Program name

Discount on workers' compensation premium

Apprentices only, not trainees

Apprentice Discount (WorkCover Queensland)

Tax exemptions

Government pays for

Eligibility criteria

Program name

50% rebate on payroll taxes, from 1 July 2016

Apprentice and trainee wages that are exempt from payroll tax, from the 2016 to 2021 financial years

Apprentice and trainee rebate for payroll tax

When you get paid

Each incentive or subsidy will have different payment conditions, amounts and frequencies. Check the programs you’re eligible for to find specific details.