Conditions of employment for Australian Apprentices are the same as for other employees. This includes hours of work, overtime, holidays, personal leave, superannuation and other penalty provisions. Additional working conditions for Australian Apprentices require that you have:

  • every opportunity to learn the skills and acquire the knowledge of your trade or traineeship
  • access to structured on and/or off-the-job training
  • paid time off work to attend training when necessary
  • a safe working environment

To help you understand your workplace rights, the Fair Work Ombudsman has a dedicated Apprentice entitlements page where you can download the Guide to starting an apprenticeship, which provides detailed information about your rights and responsibilities as an apprentice.

If you need more help you can register for a free My account or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.

Wages and awards

All Australian Apprentices must receive the wages and conditions under an appropriate award, approved enterprise agreement, or the national minimum wage and the National Employment Standards.

To find out your rate of pay and your entitlements, use the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT). You can save your results or make an online enquiry by registering for a free My account.

Pay slips

Australian Apprentices must receive a pay slip, that includes details such as the period of employment to which the pay relates, the hours worked (including overtime), gross pay, tax deducted, other deductions and net pay, within one working day of payment. 

It’s best practice for apprentices to keep a record of their working hours. To help you record and store your hours, you can use the Fair Work Ombudsman’s free Record My Hours App. The app is downloadable from the iTunes store and Google Play store.

Other obligations

You are eligible to receive the same entitlements as full-time or part-time employees such as: 

  • leave (personal leave, annual leave, parental leave, compassionate leave)
  • allowances (tool allowance, uniform or laundry allowance, travel allowance) as set out in the relevant legislation, industrial award or workplace agreement
  • employer superannuation contributions. 

State Legislation

Australian Apprentices are also covered by state or territory legislation such as anti-discrimination laws and Occupational Health and Safety laws in the workplace. 

Fair treatment

You should be treated the same as any other employee and be able to take action if you feel you have been bullied, harassed, discriminated against or your safety has been jeopardised.

Probationary period

The probationary period stipulated in the Australian Apprenticeship Training Contract allows you to be assessed before being taking them on permanently. You may still be entitled to notice of termination under the relevant award, enterprise agreement, or National Employment Standards during the probationary period.

Workers' compensation

You are entitled to workers' compensation. For specific information view your relevant state or territory government's legislation.

National Code of Good Practice

A National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships has been developed to assist both parties entering into a Training Contract with a clear understanding of each other’s obligations and expectations.

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or your local State or Territory Training Authority.