You may be questioning the benefits of starting a traineeship or apprenticeship and wondering what you are actually entitled to claim. The government offers a range of different incentives for you as an employer and each incentive payment has a number of eligibility criteria’s that will be assessed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.
As an Australian Apprentice you are entitled to receive wages and set conditions under an appropriate award, the minimum wages and conditions an employee is entitled to are set out in the awards. Use this link
to find out which award applies to you and in turn a list of what you should be paid.
Your award will cover:
- Base rates of pay, including piecework rates
- Types of employment (e.g. full-time, part-time, casual)
- Overtime and penalty rates
- Work arrangements (e.g. rosters, variations to working hours)
- Annualised wage or salary arrangements
- Allowances (e.g. travel allowances)
- Leave, leave loading and taking leave
- Procedures for consultation, representation and dispute settlement
- An industry-specific redundancy scheme
Some of the other initiatives currently available across Australia are:
- Living Away from Home Allowance
- Travel and Accommodated Allowances
- Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY
- Discounted Health Care and Travel allowances
Trade Support Loans
In order to support Australian Apprentices and help them to meet everyday costs whilst they undertake their training, eligible apprentices will be able to apply for Trade Support Loans. These loans provide up to $20,420 worth of income contingent loans and are paid monthly in arrears. Apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship will receive a 20% discount on their loan amount.
To find out which incentives apply to your state download the relevant state or e-guide here.