The ‘Tools For Your Trade’ Initiative: Everything You Need to Know


If you’re an apprentice in Australia, you know that the cost of tools and equipment can add up quickly. Fortunately, there is a government initiative designed to help apprentices with the cost of these essential items: the Tools for Your Trade payment initiative.

What is the ‘Tools for Your Trade’ Initiative?

Tools for Your Trade is a government program that provides financial assistance to eligible apprentices to help with the cost of tools and equipment required for their trade. The initiative is available to apprentices who are completing an Australian apprenticeship program and is intended to help them get started in their chosen trade.

Am I Eligible for the ‘Tools for Your Trade’?

To be eligible for the Tools for Your Trade initiative, you must meet the following criteria:

  • must be completing an Australian apprenticeship, including school-based apprenticeships
  • must be undertaking an approved course that leads to a nationally recognised trade qualification
  • must be in the first year of your apprenticeship
  • must be registered with an Australian apprenticeship training organisation

Speak with a BAA Course Advisor to learn more about becoming an apprentice, including tuition fees and career outcomes.

How can I Apply for the ‘Tools for Your Trade’?

To apply for the Tools for Your Trade initiative, you will need to contact your registered training organisation. They will provide you with the necessary application forms and guide you through the application process.

You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility, including proof of your apprenticeship, your first-year status, and your need for tools and equipment. 

Are There Other Government Assistance Programs Available for Australian Apprentices?

In addition to the Tools for Your Trade payment initiative, there are other government assistance programs available to apprentices in Australia. These include:

Living Away from Home Allowance

This program provides financial assistance to apprentices who need to move away from home to undertake their apprenticeship.

Trade Support Loans

This program provides loans to apprentices who need financial assistance to complete their apprenticeship. The loans are intended to help cover the cost of living expenses and can be paid back once the apprentice is earning a certain level of income.

Apprenticeship Support Network

This program provides a range of support services to apprentices and their employers, including mentoring, career guidance, and advice on training and employment opportunities.