3rd February, 2023 ยท bulletin

Priority Wage Subsidy for Automotive
Apprentices Expanded

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Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, has announced an expanded 2023 skills priority list of apprentice trades that will attract Government incentives. Included on the list are motor mechanics and almost all other auto trades. The Australian Apprentice Priorities List is based on independent analysis by Jobs and Skills Australia.

The Australian Apprenticeship Priority List has been expanded to include 111 apprentice occupations that are eligible for additional support, as part of the Australian Apprenticeship Incentive System. The support includes up to $5,000 in direct apprentice payments, and up to $15,000 in wage subsidies for employers.

The following automotive related apprenticeships were already included on the list:

  • Motor Mechanic (General)
  • Auto Electricians
  • Fitters (Diesel and Mobile Equipment)
  • Metal Machinists
  • Metal Fabricators
  • Small Engine Mechanics
  • Vehicle Body Welders
  • Welders

New and eligible occupations as of 1 January 2023:

  • Diesel Motor Mechanic
  • Motorcycle Mechanic
  • Panel Beater
  • Vehicle Painter
  • Vehicle Trimmer

Incentives for employers of apprentices are managed through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. Dealers employing new apprentices in this new year are likely to be eligible for Priority Wage Subsidies.