On 23 December 2014 Machinery of Government changes were announced.

These changes include the transfer of the Skills responsibilities to the newly established Department of Education and Training.

Further details are outlined in the Administrative Arrangements Orders.

Group Training

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What is Group Training?

Group Training is an alternative employment arrangement for Australian Apprentices and employers whereby a Group Training Organisation (known as a GTO) recruits potential and/or existing Australian Apprentices under an Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract and places them with ‘host’ employers while they undertake their training.

The GTO is the employer of the Australian Apprentice and this administratively simple arrangement is particularly attractive to small and medium enterprises considering employing an Australian Apprentice when this might otherwise not be possible.

It also creates quality employment and training opportunities for the Australian Apprentice and provides a breadth of experience gained in a number of different enterprises.

The GTO’s responsibilities include:

  • Selection and recruitment of Australian Apprentices.
  • Undertaking the employer responsibilities including wages, allowances, superannuation, workers compensation, sick/holiday pay and other employment benefits.
  • Management of the quality and continuity of training, both on and off the job.
  • Providing the additional care and ongoing support necessary to achieve the successful completion of the Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract by the Australian Apprentice.

Group Training Organisations operate across Australia. Some specialise in servicing a particular industry, while others may cater for an entire region, covering many industries.

If you would like to know more about group training arrangements in your area:

Who do I contact about Group Training?

What are the National Standards for Group Training Organisations?

The National Standards for Group Training Organisations provide a formal framework that promotes national consistency and quality for group training.

Only Group Training Organisations who are registered under the National Standards for Group Training Organisations can apply for Commonwealth funding.

Group Training Organisations who comply with the National Standards undergo an audit process similar to the audit process for accreditation to become a Registered Training Organisation.

The relevant State or Territory Training Authorities are responsible for the regulation and auditing of Group Training Organisations.

If you are interested in becoming a registered Group Training Organisation under the National Standards, please contact your State or Territory Training Authority.

The National Standards are currently under review.

Information on all nationally registered GTOs is available from the National Register.

The Group Training Logo is a certified trademark that can only be used by Group Training Organisations who have met the National Standards for Group Training Organisations and have been registered by a State or Territory Training Authority.

What is an eligible Group Training Organisation?

An eligible Group Training Organisations is one that is listed on the Group Training National Register.

What is the Commonwealth/State and Territory Joint Group Training Program (JGTP)?

JGTP is an equal funding arrangement between the Australian Government and participating States and Territories to provide funding to Group Training Organisations for strategies and initiatives which are implemented by participating States and Territories.

The objective of the Program is to encourage and improve commencements and completions in Australian Apprenticeships as determined by each participating State and Territory in line with the nationally agreed priority areas.

JGTP is managed by each participating State and Territory Training Authority.

If you are a Group Training Organisation which is registered against the National Standards for Group Training Organisations and wish to apply for funding under this program, contact the relevant State Training Authority in the relevant State/Territory.

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