The award rates paid to apprentices changed on July 1st 2017. If you are considering hiring an apprentice and want to know what the rate is, you will find copies of the latest rates below.
First and Second year Apprentices have different pay rates depending on their trade and if they completed Year 12 at High School. The rate is 5% higher for apprentices who complete their Year 12.
These documents are guides only, please check pay rates with the FairWork Ombudsman to make sure you are paying your apprentices correctly. The award for apprentices is the Building and Construction General Onsite Award 2010 MA000020.
There are few things in business more complicated than hiring an apprentice. Recruitment issues aside, once you have found the person to employ you have to deal with a variety of different government and private companies to sign up your apprentice and try to grow your business at the same time. One very scary part of the process is working out the pay rate!
To be absolutely clear, it is the employers responsibility to find out the correct rate and entitlements from Fair Work. Apprentice brokers, Trade Schools can all give you a guide, but if we tell you the wrong information, it’s the employer that wears the consequence. Understandably this is why many people you talk to will refuse to give you a guide about pay.
Fair Work have just announced that they will be running an educational campaign to let you know about rates and responsibilities. Its well worth visiting their website to find out more.