Apprentice & trainee pay rates

Apprentices and trainees are employees who have a formal training contract with their employer. Special rates and conditions apply to these employees.

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Apprentice pay

Use our Pay Calculator to calculate pay rates for all apprentices including:

  • adult apprentices (an apprentice who is 21 years or older when they start their apprenticeship)
  • school-based apprentices (an apprentice who still goes to high school while completing the apprenticeship).

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

An employee can only be paid apprentice 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 do their training through 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 get paid the tradesperson's pay rate. Use our Pay Calculator to calculate pay rates.

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Trainee pay

Pay rates for full-time, part-time and school-based trainees are found in most awards in the National Training Wage Schedule. Use our Pay Calculator to calculate trainee rates.

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

An employee can't be paid trainee rates just because they're new to a job or are being trained in a new task. Employees can only be paid trainee pay rates when they have a formal training contract with their employer and are signed up with a Registered Training Organisation (eg. at TAFE).

Understanding the different types of traineeships

Full-time trainee

A full-time trainee is employed under a training contract to work for 38 hours per week.

Part-time trainee

A traineeship can sometimes be done part-time. The employee and employer need to agree how long the training contract will be. This should also be checked with the Registered Training Organisation.

School-based trainee

A school-based traineeship is done while someone is still in high school. This means an employee can stay in high school and train for a qualification at the same time.

Payment for time spent in training

Trainees are paid for time spent attending training or assessment related to their traineeship unless they are:

  • a school-based trainee
  • a part-time trainee whose training is wholly off-the-job.

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