What is an existing worker?

An existing worker is an employee who has a three month or more full-time equivalent employment relationship with their employer. The working relationship can be built up through full-time, part-time or casual employment or engagement as a seasonal or contract worker and includes periods of approved leave.

Where the worker is not full time, four months non full-time employment is equal to one month full-time employment.

Are any types of employment excluded from the existing worker definition?

Yes, the existing worker definition excludes periods of employment where the Australian Apprentice was:

  • employed and attending a secondary school as a student; or
  • undertaking a previous Australian Apprenticeship; or
  • participating in a Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Programme.

Where can I find more information?

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.