Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative

What is AWDI?

Aboriginal Workforce Development Initiative (AWDI) provides:

  • funding for the employer to provide additional support to their apprentice throughout their training contract
  • a mentor to provide support and guidance for both the apprentice/trainee and employer throughout the duration of the training contract, including regular visits and check ins.

In addition to the AWDI funding, your apprentices may be eligible for direct support from CITB. For further information on what CITB offer apprentices visit Apprentice Incentives.


How is AWDI funding paid?


    Am I eligible for AWDI?

    You, as the registered employer:

    • are CITB Eligible
    • meet CITB funding criteria

    Your apprentice:

    • identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • In the first year of their Training Contract
    • is undertaking a CITB endorsed qualification


      How to apply for AWDI?

      Please complete and submit the AWDI application form.


      Employer Funding Conditions

      Eligible employers receiving the payments must:

      • Comply with the obligations described in the TC and supporting Training Plan (TP) lodged with the relevant State Government department.
      • Ensure the apprentice/trainee is still employed AND in an active training contract for the claim period.
      • Agree to pay the relevant RTO directly for all off-site and associated trade training and assessment costs for the eligible apprentices/trainees supported by the CITB payment.
      • Acknowledge that CITB will seek to recover any payment made that is not compliant with funding criteria.

      Claims and the Employer’s Responsibilities

      Please note there may be an issue with your claim if you have not notified CITB within 10 working days for any of the following:

      • Change of business address, phone number, email or ABN.
      • Apprentice/Trainee suspension, cancellation of Training Contract or completion of apprenticeship.
      • You must also notify Trainee & Apprenticeship Services (TAS) of these changes on 1800 673 097 or visit Skills SA to download and submit a form.