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Changes to apprenticeships as of 1 Jan 2015 are you compliant?

Employment Law ChangesFebruary 2, 2015

Changes to apprenticeships as of 1 Jan 2015 are you compliant? (Last Updated On: February 2, 2015)

Do you employ apprentices? If so, did you know that changes relating to the cost of their training and other conditions took place on 1 January 2015?

The changes only affect employers who employ apprentices covered by the following awards:

Aged Care Award 2010
Airport Employees Award 2010
Alpine Resorts Award 2010
Aluminium Industry Award 2010
Amusement, Events and Recreation Award 2010
Black Coal Mining Industry Award 2010
Cemetery Industry Award 2010
Children’s Services Award 2010
Coal Export Terminals Award 2010
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 2010
Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award 2010
Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 2010
Gardening and Landscaping Services Award 2010
Gas Industry Award 2010
General Retain Industry Award 2010
Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010
Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010
Higher Education Industry – General Staff – Award 2010
Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010
Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award 2010
Local Government Industry Award 2010
Meat Industry Award 2010
Mining Industry Award 2010
Miscellaneous Award 2010
Nursery Award 2010
Oil Refinery and Manufacturing Award 2010
Port Authorities Award 2010
Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 2010
Rail Industry Award 2010
Registered and Licensed Clubs Award 2010
Restaurant Industry Award 2010
Salt Industry Award 2010
Stevedoring Industry Award 2010
Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010
Timber Industry Award 2010
Water Industry Award 2010
Wine Industry Award 2010
What are the changes?

The key provisions are summarised below

  • Apprentices are entitled to reimbursement for all training fees charged by the Registered Training Authority for prescribed courses and textbooks.
  • Apprentices are entitled to travel costs and expenses for block training which requires an overnight stay (although some of these costs may already be covered by Government assistance schemes).
  • Time spent by an apprentice attending training/assessments is regarded as time worked for wages (although different rules apply for school based apprentices).
  • Apprentices cannot be required to work overtime or shifts which would prevent them attending training (except in an emergency).

If you employ apprentices covered by the Meat Industry Award, their minimum wages will now be set by reference to their level of competency and progression through their training (rather than simply based on years of service).

What should you do?

These conditions have been included in the majority of awards for some time and are already standard in many industries.  Therefore, most employers will already be complying with these obligations as part of their employment contract or training agreement.

If you employ an apprentice who is covered by one of the awards listed above and are not sure whether you currently comply with the new conditions, please call us on 1300 651 415 for advice, further information and assistance.

We are always on hand to answer any questions you have in relation to apprentices.  If you are looking to hire new apprentices, have apprentices coming to the end of their training or have any other questions in relation to apprentices and their employment we are ready to take your call.

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