Adult apprentice pay in the Building & Construction Award

What do adult apprentices get paid?

Adult apprentices are paid the higher of:

  • the ordinary hourly rate for a Construction worker level 1 (level a), plus the industry allowance, or
  • the relevant apprentice ordinary hourly rate for their apprenticeship, plus the allowances that make up that ordinary hourly rate.

What if the adult apprentice worked for the employer before becoming an apprentice?

An adult apprentice’s ordinary hourly rate can’t be less than what it was before the apprenticeship started.

For building and construction or civil construction employees, this only applies if before starting their apprenticeship they’d worked for:

  • 6 months full-time or daily hire, or
  • 12 months part-time or as a regular casual.
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