The State and Commonwealth Governments provide a range of funding and other forms of assistance to support the apprenticeship and traineeship system.

Workers' Compensation Insurance - Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme

If you employ an apprentice, you are entitled to a premium reduction based on the wages paid to your apprentice.

More information is available at icare (Insurance and Care NSW) workers insurance incentives and premium adjustments.

Payroll Tax rebates

Prior to 1 July 2008, wages paid to apprentices and new entrant trainees in NSW were exempt from payroll tax.

From 1 July 2008, the offset rebate scheme replaced this exemption.

Rebates are provided by Revenue NSW by allowing the amount of the rebate to be offset against monthly payroll tax payments.

Revenue NSW provide this offset facility through their monthly calculator online service.

Visit the Revenue NSW website for further details.

Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS)

CAPS is a free service which allows employers who are looking for an apprentice or trainee to access details of apprentices and trainees who have recently lost their job.

CAPS is only available to apprentices and trainees in the National Skills Need List occupations.

By registering with CAPS, employers are able to review the details of unemployed apprentices and trainees on the Continuing Apprentice Register, select those that most appear to meet their needs and then arrange interviews.

Once an apprentice or trainee is selected by the employer, the CAPS officer will help the employer contact an Australian Apprenticeship Network Provider which will advise them on eligibility for incentives and assist them with the completion and lodgement of a Training Contract.

Commonwealth Government Incentives

The Commonwealth Government also offers a range of incentives and subsidies for employers of apprentices and trainees. Further information is available at Summary of the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programmes.


Contact Training Services NSW on 13 28 11 to be directed to your nearest office.

Page last updated: 4 March 2019