Industry Subsidies

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$7,000…That’s what you’ll receive for taking on a new bricklaying apprentice!

  • Currently the Federal Government is offering $4,000 in support to employers of new apprentices.
  • On top of that, ABBTF is providing an additional $3,000 Brickstart Subsidy – specifically for employers of bricklaying apprentices.

ABBTF may also offer two special, one-off payments to employers and GTOs:

What’s more, if you choose to employ a bricklaying apprentice through a registered GTO, you will still qualify for ABBTF’s Brickstart Subsidy. Additional incentives could also be available depending on your State!

No other construction trade provides Support Funding for the development of its industry’s apprenticeship program.  This unique offer is made possible from a combined small levy on the sale of bricks, matched by funds from brick and block manufacturers.

Details on All Financial Incentives – Visit Your State Page

For more information, on how you can take advantage of employer-apprentice incentives click on your State link below


Don’t hesitate – quality young people are ready and keen to start a bricklaying apprenticeship today.

Many have completed industry sponsored Step Out Programs for school students or pre-apprenticeship training in bricklaying at a TAFE college or a Registered Training Organisation.

With this in mind – and the 7,000 other good reasons – now’s the time to take on an apprentice bricklayer and add value to your business!

Terms and Conditions for ABBTF Subsidies

  • Must register with ABBTF within 3 months of the apprentice commencement.
  • The apprentice must be employed under the National Employment & Training Contract and you agree to abide by the required terms and conditions.
  • The apprentice must be provided with a weekly pay slip showing the following: Gross income, tax and nett income, accrued sick leave and annual holiday leave.
  • Provide the apprentice with written/printed proof quarterly on company and employee superannuation contributions.
  • Ensure the apprentice attends off-site training at TAFE or an approved RTO and achieves satisfactory results for their year level.
  • Give the apprentice the specified training time as per the National Employment and Training Contract including trowel time and training on the job to ensure the apprentice is deemed competent by their TAFE/RTO.
  • Teach the apprentice the skills of labouring, but do not use the apprentice as a labourer.