Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy

Published 24 November 2020 | Updated 17 May 2021

Changes to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy

In March 2021, the Australian Government announced that the BAC wage subsidy would be expanded for new apprentices and trainees signed up before 30 September 2021. This means that final claims for payment now need to be lodged by 31 December 2022 (instead of 31 December 2021).

Read more about the changes at Department of Education, Skills and Employment – Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements external-icon.png.

The Australian Government’s Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements external-icon.png (BAC) wage subsidy supports employers and Group Training Organisations (GTOs) to employ new apprentices and trainees.

The BAC wage subsidy is administered by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE).

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Eligibility for BAC wage subsidy

Businesses or GTOs may be eligible for the BAC wage subsidy if:

  • they engage an Australian apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021
  • the apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification
  • the apprentice or trainee’s training contract is formally approved by the relevant state training authority.

The subsidy is available to employers of any size, industry or location. Employers receiving any other Australian Government wage subsidy in relation to an apprentice or trainee (such as the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees subsidy) aren’t eligible to receive the BAC wage subsidy for that apprentice or trainee.

Contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network external-icon.png (AASN) for more information about your eligibility for the BAC wage subsidy. Alternatively, you can call the Skilling Australia hotline on 1800 020 108 to find out who your AASN is.

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Amount of wage subsidy

The subsidy covers 50% of the new apprentice or trainee’s gross wages paid in the 12 month period from date of commencement or recommencement, up to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter. Payments are made quarterly in arrears.

Eligible employers can make their first claim for the wage subsidy from 1 January 2021. Final claims need to be lodged by 31 December 2022 (they were previously due by 31 December 2021).

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Our updated information

We’ve updated our information covering common workplace issues and entitlements that may overlap with the BAC wage subsidy. These include:

  • minimum pay rates for apprentices and trainees
  • converting from casual to full-time or part-time employment
  • minimum protections at work.

Check out our updated information at:

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More information

More information on the BAC wage subsidy can be found at Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website. You can also visit: