Financial help to employ an apprentice or trainee

The Employer Apprenticeship and Traineeship Support Scheme (EATSS) offers financial assistance for businesses and organisations who employ apprentices and trainees in the Northern Territory (NT).

The incentive payments can help your organisation pay for some of the costs involved in employing and training apprentices and trainees.

Read about employing an apprentice and the steps to getting an apprenticeship in the NT.

Who can get payments

To receive a payment you must be an NT-based business, group training or local government organisation and employ an apprentice or trainee who meets all of the following:

  • is studying at the Certificate III to Diploma level
  • has a training contract registered with Australian Apprenticeships NT starting on or after 3 April 2018
  • is an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months, and
  • is an NT resident.

There are four types of payments available:

If you employ an apprentice or trainee starting their study you can get:

  • a $1,000 commencement payment
  • an additional $1,000 commencement payment if:
    • the apprentice or trainee is in an equity group identified below, or
    • your NT business address is in a regional or remote location.

If you employ an apprentice or trainee who started their study during previous employment you can get:

  • a $500 re-commencement payment
  • an additional $500 re-commencement payment if:
    • the apprentice or trainee is in an equity group identified below, or
    • your NT business address is in a regional or remote location.

Re-commencement payments apply when you employ an apprentice or trainee who has already completed part of their training during employment with another employer.

Identified equity groups

Eligible equity groups include people who:

  • have a physical, psychological or intellectual disability confirmed by a medical certificate
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or
  • are Australian visa holders who:
    • do not have work or study restrictions
    • are not the primary provisional visa holder of a Skilled, Business Innovation and Investment, Student, Work or Holiday visa, including subclass 489 and 188 visas
    • are not the primary visa holder of a 457 or Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS) visa
    • have a visa valid for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship allowing for the total volume of learning including supervised and unsupervised training and study required to achieve the qualification.

You should check visa entitlements and conditions with your future apprentice or trainee before you finalise enrolment or sign a contract.

To check visa details or for visa information go to the individuals and travellers section on the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

After registering a training contract for your apprentice or trainee, Australian Apprenticeships NT will check if you can receive a payment under the scheme and will make the payment automatically.

If you do not want to receive any payments you will need to let them know in advance.

Australian Apprenticeships NT will also check if your business or organisation can receive any support from the Australian Government.

For more information or to check if you can get a payment, contact Australian Apprenticeships NT.

Last updated: 17 September 2018


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