Trade Support Loan (TSLs)
Provides income-contingent loans of up to $21,542 to help support you through your apprenticeship.
Trade support is borrowed over a four year period, starting with $718.07 per month in year one, $538.56 per month in year two, $359.04 per month in year three and $179.52 per month in year four.
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, 20% discount is applied to the loan amount borrowed. You will start repaying your Trade Support Loan once you have reached the compulsory repayment threshold of $46,620. Repayments are made through the income tax system.
Eligible Cost: $21,542
Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment Incentive
If your trade falls in one of these, payments may be available to you as an apprentice from 1 July 2019 and your employer, in these ten occupations who are experiencing national skills shortages.
(Carpenters and Joiners, Plasterers, Plumbers, Bakers and Pastrycooks, Hairdressers, Vehicle Painters, Aircon. and Refrigeration Mechanics, Wall and Floor Tilers, Bricklayers and Stonemasons and Arborists) $1,000 at 12 month point and an additional $1,000 at completion of apprenticeship.
Eligible Cost: $2,000
Low Income Health Care Card
Available for low income earners to receive concessions and discounts for:
- Cheaper medicines under the PBS
- Training courses and educational fees (RTO)
- Energy and electricity bills
- Health care costs, including ambulance, dental and eye care
- Public Transport costs
- Water rates
Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY
Anyone or more of these payments are available to you as an Australian Apprentice if you meet the requirements. This will give you access to fortnightly payments delivered by Centrelink.
- Youth Allowance for Australian Apprentices aged 16-24
- Austudy for Australian Apprentices aged 25 and over;
- ABSTUDY for Australian Apprentices of any age and who are Indigenous Australians
If you receive ABSTUDY you’ll receive Fares Allowance, one of the aged based payments above, Rent Assistance and a Health Care Card for low income earners.
Further info about payments is available from the Department of Human Services on 13 24 68 or www.humanservices.gov.au. Rent assistance is available if you receive one of these payments from Centrelink Education Entry Payment - a yearly payment you get when you start to study and get certain income support.
Student Start-up Loan - a voluntary loan you can receive up to twice a year if you’re an eligible higher education student.
SMART AND SKILLED PROGRAM - VET
(NSW RESIDENTS ONLY)
Fee-free Apprenticeship and Trainee Training.
NSW offers apprentices and trainees (including School Based arrangements) student fees funded under the NSW Governments Smart and Skilled Program.
Eligible Cost: Up to $2,000
Fee Free Apprenticeships are a proven pathway to well paid jobs in a diverse range of careers. Fee free means no more upfront training costs for students or employers.
Living Away from Home Allowance
If you are an Australian Apprentice undertaking a Cert II or higher level qualification, you may be eligible for the Living Away From Home Allowance if you have to move away from your parental/guardian home for the first time to commence or remain in an Australian Apprenticeship, or are homeless.
Up to 12 months at the first year rate of $77.17 per week, a further 12 months at a 2nd year rate of $38.59 per week. The further 12 months at the 3rd year rate of $25 per week.
Many items can be claimed at Tax Time. Clothing and Protective items, Sunscreen and Sun Protection, Cleaning and Laundry, Tools and Equipment, Mobile Phone expenses, Car and Vehicle Tax Deductions, Self Education Expenses.
(NSW residents only)
If you live in NSW, you can apply for a vehicle registration rebate if enrolled as an apprentice. A rebate of $100 to assist you with the cost of registering your motor vehicle in the first and second years of your apprenticeship.
Eligible Cost: 2 x $100
Trade Apprentice Registration
(vic residents only)
A trade apprentice discount can be used to get 50% off your next car registration fee (including the TAC charge). If you’re using your own car, ute or van for approved work purposes, or are regularly using it to get to and from work between 8.30pm and 5.30am and the vehicle cannot exceed 4.5 tonnes GVM.
Eligible Cost: 50% off
You must have a Victorian drivers licence and received your registration renewal notice. L drivers expired/cancelled or suspended licences or a vehicle registered in someone else’s name cannot apply or you already have a vehicle receiving a discount.
(NSW residents only)
Travel, Accommodation and Relocation Assistance is available to you if you live in NSW and commence an apprenticeship or traineeship. These include both Vocational Training Assistance Scheme (VTAS) and Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS).
Click on the link to see if you are able to apply.
Transport Allowance OPAL CARD
(NSW residents only)
In NSW you are entitled to receive a Transport Concession Entitlement Card. This entitles you to an Opal Concession Card and concession fares on NSW government trains, buses, most ferries and light rail within the Opal network and SYD and surrounding areas.
VTAS - Travel and Accommodation Allowance
(NSW Residents Only)
If you are an Apprentice or new entrant trainee who is required to travel more than 120KM round trip to attend day or block release training with their RTO.
Also available is CAPS – Relocation and Rental Expenses for unemployed apprentices or new entrant trainees that are required to relocate more than 60km in order to continue their apprenticeship or traineeship with a new employer can be eligible for assistance.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION SUBSIDY
(QLD residents only)
DESBT - Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.
Applies to all Apprentices and Trainees (excluding school based). You must be registered in QLD and must travel at least 100KMs return (by direct route), to your training organisation. This is from your usual place of residence. You must attend the closest training organisation able to deliver training to your relevant qualification.
Claims can be submitted to the department within 6 months from the completion of the training block or attendance period being claimed for.
(VIC residents only)
If you’re a student in Victoria, you will be entitled to discounts and concessions on a range of things including public transport, event tickets and health care.
Some discounts include airfares, books, transport, computers and software, car rego, medical and dental costs, movie and club memberships.
(QLD residents only)
This allows you student concession priced cards for public transport.
WA Travel and Accommodation Allowance (TAA)
(WA RESIDENTS ONLY)
Financial assistance is provided to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs of eligible apprentices required to attend off-the-job training. An eligible apprentice is entitled to claim the following based on the round trip distance travelled to the closest training provider.
- Less than 71 kilometres - no assistance
- Between 71 and 199 kilometres - travel allowance only
- And - 200 kilometres or more - travel and accommodation allowance.
SA Travel and accommodation allowances
(SA RESIDENTS ONLY)
If you have to travel more than 150 km to get to and from your closest approved training provider the state government may contribute towards some of your travel and accommodation costs.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
The Jimy Tools Apprentice program called ”Aussie Apprentice Appreciation” or “Triple-A” program for short, gives apprentices the chance to purchase High Quality, Career Spanning Jimy Tool Kits and receive 2 incredible rewards.
- 15% Bonus Stock when you receive your tool kit.
- 20% Off Jimy Tools ordered in store or online for your entire career.
Tool kits, Toolboxes, Tools Catalogue, Tools Webshop. Once you place an order, you are contacted to submit proof of Apprenticeship Documentation. Once your documents are approved, you need to send a photo with your thumbs up and a one time only Coupon Code which is redeemable online for 15% off Bonus Stock.
Sidchrome offers a range of Apprentice Tool Kits with a proof of apprenticeship documentation to redeem.
Depending on what you purchase, you receive a free bonus tool.
Kickstart your Apprenticeship
Kickstart your apprenticeship and jump online to see what great deals you can get.
COLLINS TOOLS AND WELDING SUPPLIES
Collins Tools and Welding Supplies prides itself on being a great supporter of Australia’s next generation of tradies. Whether it’s a beginner’s kit, toolbox or safety gear, they are a one stop shop. Simply produce proof of your apprenticeship to receive special “apprentice pricing” on every purchase.
Sidchrome, Kincrome, KC Tools, Safety, Gas, Welding Equipment, Workshop and Machinery Equipment, Power Tools, Cutting Tools, Air Tools, Adhesives, Cleaners and Marking Products, Tool Kits, Abrasive Suppliers.
Benefits, Discounts and Bonuses
Adult Apprentice with Disability
If you are an adult apprentice with a disability, you can receive an allowance that is intended to remove barriers for and encourage up-skilling. This includes wage support and assistance for a tutorial, interpreter and mentor services.
Adult Apprentice Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships
(NSW residents only)
First launched in 2014 to assist apprentices who have experienced hardship in their life to successfully complete their apprenticeship. Speak to your Field Officer to see if your circumstances allow you to be entitled to this.
Potential Incentive: Up to $15,000
Each year a large number of Scholarships are granted and will include Scholarships for Indigenous Apprentices and up to 5 who have completed and up to 5 who have completed on of the “fit for work’ programs under the NSW Police Commissioner’s RISEUP Strategy.
(WA RESIDENTS ONLY)
Student Edge is an online community created by students which provide free service, info, benefits and discounts through the use of a free student edge card for WA only. It provides huge discounts on big brands, plus access to online social, study and career tools.
Eligible Cost: Free
Also provides the latest discount news, prize giveaways including CD’s, premiere movie passes, tickets to events and gigs.
THE WAY AHEAD PROGRAM FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE
(NSW RESIDENTS ONLY)
This program is a free service for Aboriginal Apprentices and Trainees who need additional support in the workplace.
The program focuses on providing workplace mentoring, improving access to employment and training and creating business opportunities for Aboriginal and TS Islander people.
Be Part of the Community - Student Edge is the largest member-based organisation of the high school, TAFE, VET and university students in Australia. At Student Edge, they work to bring the latest news, the best discounts, free online competitions, paid surveys, job listings, study material, fun-filled forums and more.
Student Edge has an APP “Student Edge - The App” that has coupons, promo codes, free things like Office 365 for students, up to $500 off selected Apple products, Uber and Uber Eats discounts, Spotify, Woolworths and other food chains. Under the “Deals” search by State to see what discounts and freebies are available.
(QLD RESIDENTS ONLY)
TAFE QLD Offers Support platforms.
Learning Support - for assignments, essay writing and referencing, study skills and exam preparation, English and math, time management and organisation skill. In some locations, class support, workshops and tutorials may be available.
- Studiosity, mental health and wellbeing, counselling, access ability support, indigenous student support, International student support and career and employment services.
Top 24 Student Discounts in Australia. If you have a student ID card, you can get discounts across a range of different industries.
Discounts in Retail Stores
Students receive a discount on all Apple products, including Macbook, iPad, iPhone etc.
Student discounts on laptops, big brands like Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Lenovo and more.
Optus provides student details that suit a busy student life. They offer discounts on several SIM-only plans and other SIM plans packed with data.
The ICONIC is one of the most famous online clothing stores in Australia. They offer weekly student discounts and coupons on major brands like Nike, Topshop, Adidas, Polo, Levis etc.
Well know for music streaming, Spotify gives students a free premium of three months. After that, they can purchase it for cheap rates and get access to several songs, videos, and podcasts of their choice.
Student discounts directly with the official Microsoft Store Online.
A 30 day free trial when you sign up. After the trial period is over, you pay nominal prices to watch your favourite shows and movies.
Several websites online offer student discount codes and coupons for various products on Officeworks.
Offers the best public wi-fi hotspots and mobile network services. Big plans for students so they can study and access the internet anywhere.
Laptops, computers, tablets etc. They offer discounts from primary to uni students.
Student deals at any HOYTS.
Student deals on offer if a member of Cinebuzz for Students. Just present your Student ID at the Box Office.
Group training sessions, just provide your student ID card for a discount.
Check out their website for the best deals for students.
Popular fashion brand providing the latest fashion trends. Visit online for discounts.
Student Edge account to obtain discounts.
This information is subject to change.