Training Benchmark B explained

To meet the Training Benchmark B recent expenditure, by the business, to the equivalent of at least 1% of the payroll of the business, in the provision of training to employees of the business, who are Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents (‘Australian workers’) must be met.

Expenditure that can count towards this benchmark includes payments made:

  • for Australian employees to undertake a formal course of study, including any reasonable and necessary associated costs (e.g. costs of travelling to training venue or access an online learning programme);
  • to RTOs to deliver face-to-face training to Australian employees that will contribute towards an Australian Qualification Framework qualification;
  • to purchase an eLearning platform or standalone training software; or
    to cover the salary of:

    • Australian employees engaged by the business as apprentices or trainees under a formal training contract; or
  • Australian employees who have completed an undergraduate or higher degree in a university within the last 2 years; and
  • Australian employees participating in a formal, structured graduate program for up to 2 years, or completing a professional year following their graduation
    to a person whose sole role is to provide training to Australian employees
    to attend conferences for continuing professional development.

Expenditure that cannot count towards this benchmark includes costs associated with:

  • on the job training that is not otherwise identified above as applicable expenditure for Training Benchmark B;
  • training that is not relevant to the industry in which the business operates;
  • training undertaken by persons who are principals in the business or their family members;
  • training that has a very low skill level having regard to the characteristics and size of the business;
  • induction training;
  • staff salaries apportioned to time spent undertaking online or other training courses;
  • purchase of software for use in normal duties;
  • membership fees;
  • purchase of books, journals or magazine subscriptions;
  • attending conferences for purposes other than continuing professional development; and
  • hiring a booth at a trades show, conference or expo.

Evidence of expenditure on training activities could be a receipt for the relevant payment(s) or a contract for employment of the relevant individual for whom salary payments are being included within expenditure to meet the benchmark

The terms ‘recent expenditure’ and ‘payroll’ are explained in the relevant legislative instrument (source:

Training Benchmark B

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