Apprentice & trainee pay rates

To find pay rates for:

If you're covered by a registered agreement, check the rates in the agreement.

An employee can only be paid apprentice and trainee pay rates if they have a formal training contract with their employer. The training has to be registered and recognised by a state or territory training authority. These employees undertake training with a Registered Training Organisation such as a TAFE.

Apprentice pay rates will depend on how long the apprenticeship is and how much training the apprentice has done.

What pay applies after training is completed

After an apprentice has finished their apprenticeship they will be paid the tradesperson's pay rate.

Trainees will receive the pay rate that applies to the qualification they complete.

Think a mistake might have been made?

Mistakes can happen. The best way to fix them usually starts with talking.

Check out our Help resolving workplace issues section for practical advice on:

  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
  • getting help from us if you can't resolve it.

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