Enrolments for the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement (BAC) wage subsidy, which provides employers with 12 months of BAC wage subsidy support, are being extended to 30 June 2022.

BAC Wage Subsidy

The Australian Government has just announced an extension of the BAC wage subsidy and the CAC wage support initiatives that support apprentices and trainees recruitment.

What are the BAC & CAC programs?

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy supports employers of any size, industry or geographic location to take on new apprentices or trainees. Any business that engages an Australian Apprentice before 30 June 2022 may be eligible for:

  • a subsidy of 50% of the apprentice’s gross wages paid
  • the subsidy is for a maximum of $7000 per quarter, per eligible apprentice, for wages paid in the 12-month period from the date they start.

But what happens after 12 months?

Any business that receives the BAC wage subsidy will be eligible for extended support through the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements (CAC) wage subsidy for the second third year of a Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement-supported apprenticeship. Under the CAC, eligible employers will receive:

  • a 10% wage subsidy in the second year of an eligible apprenticeship, up to a max of $1,500 per quarter per apprentice, and
  • a 5% wage subsidy in the third year of their apprenticeship, to a max of $750 per quarter per apprentice.

What Could This Mean for My Business?

This means that your Aged Care or Disability Support business is eligible to get government support to subsidise wages for your new trainee employees who undertake a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority – and that’s where we come in!

Our courses are offered online via digital classrooms and classes are scheduled with business and employee needs in mind – we know you need to keep staff available to adjust to rostering changes and client needs. We offer classes run in the evenings and during the day so there’s flexibility to both skill your trainees and keep them gaining experience in the field and providing client care.

Classes run for up to 26 weeks, meaning that much of the class-based theory component is completed within 6 months, with your trainees completing work placement hours and self-directed learning activities for the remaining 6 months. By 12 months, your trainees will have completed their qualification and be fully participating members of your teams.

You can enrol your new trainees into the following approved courses:

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
BSB30120 Certificate III in Business
and more!

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • The subsidy is available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location.
  • You’ll need to engage an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 June 2022
  • Your Australian Apprentice or trainee will need to be enrolled and committed to undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority.
  • The subsidy is not available for an apprentice receiving any other form of Australian Government wage subsidy, for example, Supporting Apprentices and Trainees or JobKeeper.
  • The BAC and CAC are available to employers of any size, industry or geographic location.

If you’re interested, please reach out to James Eskander or Bec Hogan via a LinkedIn message, or call 1300 793 146, and we’ll be happy to talk you through the process!