In Australia, all apprenticeships and traineeships supported by the Australian Government are called Australian Apprenticeships.

Australian Apprenticeships are designed to be flexible to meet the needs of both the employer and the employee.

When you take on an Australian Apprentice, they work for you while completing a nationally recognised qualification.

They are available full time or part time at a variety of qualification levels up to Advanced Diploma in more than 500 occupations across Australia. Australian Apprentices do on the job training or off the job training or a combination of both to complete their qualification.

Apprenticeships are usually offered in trade industries like plumbing, building, carpentry and commercial cookery. A full time apprenticeship usually takes three or four years for the apprentice to complete.

Traineeships are usually offered in non trade industries such as hospitality, business administration and retail. A full time traineeship takes around two years to complete.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can also be completed part time over a longer period of time. 

You can also engage an Australian Apprentice part time while they are still at school. Australian School based Apprenticeships are available to year 11 and 12 students. Students complete both their school studies and a technical or vocational qualification while participating in on the job training with an employer.

How do I employ an Australian Apprentice?

You can find out more about employing an Australian Apprentice through the Australian Apprenticeships—Information for Employers website (see related Links).

Alternatively you can host an apprentice that is employed by a Group Training Organisation for as long as you need them. See the following link for more information:

The National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships provides useful advice about what to expect when taking on an Australian Apprentice.

Information about wages

Australian Apprentices are usually paid a wage which reflects that the employee is in training. Wages vary according to the Australian Apprentice’s characteristics, for example: years of school completed, current year of training, industry and occupation.

Generally, you will treat an Australian Apprentice in the same way as other employees with regard to superannuation, workers compensation and other entitlements or requirements.

More information about wages is available by calling the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Financial support

When you take on an Australian Apprentice, you may be eligible for a range of financial supports from the Australian Government and your State or Territory Government, such as:

  • Commencement and Completion Incentives
  • Australian School-based Apprenticeships Incentive
  • Mature Aged Worker Incentive
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
  • Tools For Your Trade Incentive 
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentives
  • Group Training Organisation Special Completion Incentive
  • Workplace Modifications.

When you employ a person with disability you may be eligible for even more support:

  • Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support
  • Assistance for Tutorial, Interpreter and Mentor Services.

For more information on financial support visit the Australian Apprenticeships website (see Related Links).

JobAccess has more information on financial help with workplace modifications and adjustments:

More information?

Your local Australian Government employment service provider can help with Australian Apprenticeships.

If you have questions but are not sure who to ask, the JobAccess Advisers can help.

Last updated: 23-08-2013