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Administered by: Education, Skills and Employment
Published Date 01 Dec 2021


Department of Education, Skills and Employment - Notice of a data matching program for the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP) and Trade Support Loans (TSL)

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment will acquire data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to support administration of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP) and Trade Support Loans (TSL).

This data will include information about businesses currently employing apprentices, as well as information about apprentices who were previously employed by a business.

It is estimated the data matching will capture records that relate to around 450,000 training contracts initially contained in the Department’s Training and Youth Internet Management System (TYIMS).

The records will be electronically matched with ATO data holdings. The objectives of the data matching program are to:

·         where possible, reduce the need for our employers to provide wage evidence to substantiate their claim for payment.

·         reduce employer burden by minimising the contact that employers must have with DESE to provide payroll information in support of their incentive payments, including the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement (BAC) and the Completing Apprenticeship Commencement (CAC) wage subsidies.

·         create efficiencies for DESE and its contracted Providers in administering the AAIP.

·         confirm the continuing employment of an apprentice which would in-turn reduce the overpayments generated when an apprenticeship ends.

·         provide an opportunity to potentially re-engage an apprentice shortly after the cessation of their apprenticeship, further enhancing the opportunity of a recommencement.


The Department of Education, Skills and Employment complies with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s Guidelines on data matching in Australian government administration (2014) which includes standards for data matching to protect the privacy of individuals. A full copy of the Department’s privacy policy can be accessed at www.dese.gov.au/privacy