Financial assistance

The early years of an apprenticeship can be tough. That’s why the Australian Government supports apprentices.

Contact MAS National for more information, and to find out which government incentives you might be able to claim.

Depending on your situation, you may be able to apply for the following forms of assistance.

Trade support loans

Trade support loans are loans paid in installments totaling up to $20,000 over four years. The loans are intended to assist apprentices with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship. Eligible trade Australian apprentices may apply (opt-in) for regular installments according to their needs.

For further information visit the Australian Apprentices Centre website and download the fact sheets:

If you wish to apply for these loans or require any further information, please contact MAS National on 1300 627 628.

Living away from home allowance

This allowance is available to first- and second-year apprentices for the first 24 months of the apprenticeship when the apprentice:

  • has had to move away from their parental/legal guardian’s home to take up or remain in an apprenticeship, or
  • is homeless (proof required).

Note: the apprentice must meet certain criteria prior to approval of this payment.

Disabled Australian apprentices wage support

Additional assistance is available to eligible employers who recruit an apprentice with disability. Each form of assistance is intended to help apprentices with disability reach their full potential. If eligible, the Australian Government will assist your employer with a Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support (DAAWS); assistance for tutorial, interpreter and mentoring services; and workplace modifications.