AMIC has recently received calls seeking advice on the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) incentive payment for the employer of an adult apprentice.

In both cases the members were seeking a retrospective payment which was time consuming, frustrating and a little confusing. Neither were informed of the process of claiming the incentive at the time their adult apprentice commenced employment.

Following is an excerpt from the Australian Apprenticeship website

An employer of an adult Australian Apprentice may be eligible to attract the SAAA payment where the Australian Apprentice is:

  • undertaking a full-time or part-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List at the date of commencement or recommencement; and
  • in receipt of an actual wage paid by the employer at the date of commencement or recommencement which is equal to or greater than the National Minimum Wage (as defined and set by the Fair Work Commissioner).
  • Be aged 21 years or older, if the apprentice commenced on or after 1 July 2019; or 25 years or older if they commenced before this date.


Actual Wage is the Australian minimum adult wage which is $740.80 or $19.49 (Level 1 in the Meat Industry)

In summary the adult apprentice must be earning the Federal Minimum Basic Wage and meet the age criteria for the employer to qualify for the $4000.00 incentive payment.

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