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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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Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs

Funding body: Australian Goverment


The Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) grant opportunity will support SME Export Hubs in the development of local, regional and Indigenous brands through business collaborations in the identified areas of competitive strength.

This grant opportunity complements existing initiatives, such as those delivered through the Australian Export Finance Corporation – Efic, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission – Austrade, the Entrepreneurs’ Programme, and the Industry Growth Centres Initiative.

SMEs may be local, regional, remote and/or Indigenous.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support the establishment and/or operation of SME export hubs (export hubs) in the six Growth Centre sectors:
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Cyber Security
    • Food and Agribusiness
    • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
    • Mining Equipment, Technology and Services
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources.
  • support SME development through facilitation of export opportunities and working with the Growth Centres.

The minimum grant amount is $150,000.

The maximum grant amount is $1.5 million.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

The maximum grant period is four years and you must complete your project by 30 June 2022.

The grant opportunity will be delivered through a two-stage competitive selection process.

For more information: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/small-and-medium-enterprises-export-hubs

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Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Funding body: NSW Government

Start date: 01/10/2018


The NSW Government has established the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to, or existing in regional NSW.

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW.

Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 to assist with the following relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers they employ:

  • furniture removal
  • travel for immediate family to relocate
  • temporary accommodation for up to three months
  • furniture storage for up to three months.

The NSW Government has committed $10 million for applications over the next four years—$2.5 million will be available each year, providing 250 grants of up to $10,000.

Grants are available from 1 October 2018

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