Australian Apprenticeships operate on the basis of a formal Training Agreement between an employer and the Australian Apprentice.

The Contract protects both you and your apprentice's interests. It outlines your obligation to provide training, specifies the qualification to be achieved by your apprentice and explains their obligations to you.

Training contracts are registered with your State or Territory Training Authority.

For information on Training Contracts, including completions, early completions and cancellations contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider in your region or the State or Territory Training Authority for your State or Territory.

Training options - User Choice

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. The off-the-job training is delivered by a training provider who is registered in your State or Territory to provide nationally recognised training.

Under User Choice arrangements you may be able to select the private or public training provider of your choice. In addition, you may be able to negotiate the timing, location and nature of the training. This makes it easier in a number of ways:

  • employers who operate in more than one State and Territory may be able to choose one provider that can meet all their training needs
  • employers are able to negotiate with providers on aspects of the timing, location and mode of delivery, and about the trainer/facilitator who conducts the assessment
  • Training Packages¬†generally include options for skills development, there is also scope to negotiate aspects of the selection and sequencing of units of competence
  • employers are able to negotiate purchase of flexible training over and above what is publicly funded through State or Territory User Choice arrangements.

The details of policies governing User Choice of training provider differ from State to State, and within States where training markets vary.

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