Apprentices are crucial for developing a highly skilled and relevant workforce in Australia. This is achieved by:

  • Providing genuine opportunities for skills-based training and development
  • Encouraging people to enter skills-based training through an Australian Apprenticeship

To ensure our construction industry is supported while employing apprentices, there are several incentives available. You can learn about the eligibility of employer incentives and personal benefits in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guideline in the list of downloads.

Keystone Tasmania Apprenticeship Programs

Keystone Tasmania provides funding for various apprenticeship incentive programs. In 2020/21 funding will be available in two categories:

  • Recognising Experience Apprenticeship Program (REAP): $10,000 to assist businesses to recognise the capability of an experienced worker by providing them with the opportunity to complete a trade qualification
  • Out of Trade: up to $10,000 to assist businesses take on an apprentice who has been displaced from the workforce mid-way through their apprenticeship.  

Application forms for both programs are available in the Downloads box to the left.

The National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List is used for determining who is eligible for incentives to reduce our national skills shortage. These include:

  • Rural and regional Skills Shortage Incentive
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices

Australian Apprenticeships Centres

These centres deliver free Australian Apprenticeship Support Services to employees and Australian Apprentices. These include information and incentives.

Trade Support Loans

These loans can offer eligible Australian Apprentices up to $20000 over the course of their apprenticeship. You can apply to opt-in for regular instalments according to your needs.

For more information about eligible Australian Apprentices go to or phone 133 873.

Further Australian Government assistance available for Australian Apprentices

Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY

Australian Apprentices may also be eligible to access fortnightly payments delivered by Centrelink:

Youth Allowance for Australian Apprentices aged 16-24;

Austudy for Australian Apprentices aged 25 and over;

ABSTUDY for Australian Apprentices of any age and who are Indigenous Australians.

Further information about these payments is available from the Department of Human Services on 13 24 68 or