The Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019 and their employers, in ten occupations experiencing national skills shortages.
For an apprentice and their employer to be eligible for the AISS payment, the apprentice must be new to the employer, commencing a Certificate III or IV level qualification on or after 1 July 2019 leading to one of ten occupations. Existing workers and their employers are not eligible for the AISS payment.
Employers will only be eligible to claim the AISS payment for apprentices that qualify as being additional – that is, over and above the employer’s usual apprentice intake. This is intended to encourage a genuine increase in the supply of Australian Apprenticeships to address skills shortages. An Australian Apprentice who is new to their employer and undertaking a certificate III or IV qualification leading to one of the listed occupations is eligible, regardless of if they are additional.
To determine your eligibility and to apply for the AISS incentive payment contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.
For more information: https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/