Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships 

Scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to 3 years are available to eligible NSW apprentices who have experienced hardship in their life, to help them to successfully complete their apprenticeship. 

Applicants must demonstrate:   

  • hardship in their personal life 
  • capability for vocational education and training  
  • attitude and application in the workplace and during formal training. 

Visit Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships.

Financial support for Australian apprentices

If your apprentices need financial assistance to help with the costs of their apprenticeship, they may be eligible for support from the Australian Government, such as:

  • an Australian apprentice training support payment
  • new energy apprenticeships program
  • living away from home allowance
  • assistance for apprentices with a disability
  • support for women in trades
  • trade support loans.

Visit Financial support for Australian apprentices.

State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA)

SIRA’s Small Business Assist tool helps employers navigate their workers compensation obligations during and beyond times of crisis and natural disaster.

For questions about workers compensation premiums, reopening your business or other workers compensation issues, call the SIRA Recovery Advisory Service hotline for employers on 13 10 50.

Help harvest NSW

The NSW Government is connecting agribusiness with skilled and unskilled seasonal workers to help former staff find seasonal employment opportunities with farmers and agricultural businesses.

For more information and links to agribusiness recruitment agencies, job boards, and vocational and training courses, visit Help harvest NSW.

COVID-19 support

Employer Fair Work obligations

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides information about the rights of your workers and your responsibilities as an employer, and the impact of COVID-19 on workplace laws. This includes how you can manage leave entitlements and when you can stand down an employee without pay.

Flexible long service leave arrangements

Under amendments to the Long Services Leave Act 1995, and by agreement with you as the employer, your employees can now take long service leave in shorter blocks (such as one day a week) without the one-month notice period traditionally required.

For details, visit NSW Industrial Relations.

SafeWork guide for workplaces

Businesses that need to prepare for, respond to and recover after COVID-19 can access resources to help them manage the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. 

Visit the SafeWork NSW COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resource page.

Workers compensation

For information and guidance on how best to manage workers compensation and COVID-19, including how to protect your workers and paying your premiums, visit icare coronavirus information for employers.

Last updated: 4 December 2023