The Fair Work Ombudsman website requires JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript on your browser.

Appendix B – Industry breakdown

The Retail Services Industry had the highest compliance rate of 60%. The Automotive and Hair and Beauty Industries shared the lowest compliance rate with 45%.

Industry compliance rates

National Apprenticeship Campaign - Appendix B - Industry compliance rates


Industry Compliant Non-Compliant Most common errors Amount recovered
Retail Services 75 (60%) 49 (40%) Pay slips (39%)
Base rates (33%)
$7480 for 14 apprentices
Manufacturing 115 (59%) 79 (41%) Base rates (42%)
Pay slips (27%)
$77 545 for 73 apprentices
Electrical Services 79 (50%) 79 (50%) Base rates (40%)
Pay slips (25%)
$90 818 for 90 apprentices
Automotive 64 (45%) 77 (55%) Base rates (42%)
Pay slips (35%)
$40 721 for 41 apprentices
Hair & Beauty 30 (45%) 37 (55%) Base rates (31%)
Penalty rates (27%)
$23 551 for 27 apprentices
Other* 30 (45%) 37 (55%) Base rates (31%)
Penalty rates (27%)
$109 319 for 27 apprentices

*Whilst the campaign audited apprentices in the categories outlined in this report, some of those apprentices worked in industries outside of the 5 mentioned e.g. an apprentice motor mechanic who works for a business in the transport industry.