Get the bonus for workwear and gear
If you're a first-year apprentice or trainee in the Northern Territory (NT), you may be eligible to receive either $300 or $1,000 in funding to buy workwear and equipment.
To be eligible for the $300 bonus, you must:
- be a full-time, part-time or school-based apprentice or trainee in your first year
- have a registered NT training contract
- have not received the bonus before, even if it was for a different apprenticeship or traineeship
- be enrolled in a certificate II qualification or above listed on the NT Apprenticeships and Traineeships Database.
To be eligible for the $1,000 bonus, you must:
- meet all of the above criteria
- be an apprentice in a priority trade occupation listed on the NT skilled occupation priority list.
If your occupation is not on the new list, you will be eligible for the $1,000 bonus if it was on the previous list, up to 30 days after the publication date.
If you move into a priority trade occupation after receiving the $300 bonus, you’re also eligible to receive a $700 top-up bonus payment.
Residency and visa requirements
To receive either bonus you must also be one of the following:
- Australian citizen or permanent resident
- New Zealand citizen who has lived in Australia for six months or more
- Australian visa holder who:
- has a visa valid for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training
- does not have work or study restrictions
- is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.
If you're eligible, you will receive the bonus after you submit your training contract to the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.
You don't need to submit a separate application.
The bonus will be paid into your nominated bank account.
If the bonus can’t be paid to your nominated bank account, the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will contact you by email.
If you don’t respond with your correct bank account details within six months, the bonus will be cancelled and no longer payable.
As another option, you can authorise the bonus to be paid to your employer, training or community organisation so that they can buy workwear or work gear for you. You must let the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network know this when you sign your training contract.
You should check what income you need to declare with the Australian Taxation Office.
Keep your receipts for other workwear and gear as you may be able to claim work-related tax deductions.
Last updated: 18 August 2021
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