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Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

Funding body: Australian Federal Government


The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides:

  • a range of financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities
  • a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent’s home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship.

The incentive payments are based on a skills shortage list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations.

The incentive payments to employers are based on the apprenticeship certificate level completed. The majority of incentive payments are one-off and paid annually at the end of the year. Payments range from $750 to $4,000, depending on the incentive. Payments to offer apprenticeship opportunities to apprentices with a disability are paid weekly.

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is a weekly payment to the apprentice that starts at $77.17 each week in the first year of the apprenticeship and reduces to $25 each week in the third year.

Free advice and support is available to both employers and apprentices through the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers.

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teach.Rural scholarship program

Funding body: NSW Department of Education

Closing date: 18/06/2018


The NSW Government has introduced a new teach.Rural scholarship program aimed at attracting more teachers to rural and remote areas across NSW.

The program is intended to allow more regional students to have access to top quality educators, and give teachers from metropolitan areas the opportunity to experience regional NSW and the benefits of rural living.

The grants will offer university students in teacher education courses a subsidy to study and a full-time job after graduation on the condition that they teach in a regional NSW public school for at least three years. In addition to the grants, recipients who achieve a credit average or above will have their HECS debt of up to $50,000 paid.

Benefits, for both new and existing teachers, vary from school to school but may include:

  • rental subsidies of 50-90%
  • annual retention benefits of $5,000 gross for a maximum of five years
  • additional personal leave
  • additional professional development days
  • locality allowances
  • transfer points

There are a number of destinations across Central West NSW offering special incentives for teachers, including:

The full range of Benefits and Incentives for Teachers and Executives in rural and remote NSW public schools can be found here.

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