New Apprentice Pay Rates July 2018 Guide

Employers and apprentices frequently ask us about their pay rates. How much you get paid is a hot topic at trade school! To help out, we have utilised the FairWork Ombudsman’s Pay Rate Tool. This is a free resource and I encourage anyone referring to this page to check their rate themselves. Please note THIS IS A GUIDE ONLY. Pay rates and allowances can change depending on personal circumstances.

Base Rates 1st year without year 12 1st year completed year 12 2nd year without year 12 2nd year completed year 12 3rd year 4th year
Bricklaying  $      12.53  $      13.64  $      14.75  $      15.86  $      18.09  $      21.42
Tiling  $      12.77  $      13.88  $      14.99  $      16.11  $      18.33  $      21.66
Stonemasonry  $      12.77  $      13.88  $      14.99  $      16.11  $      18.33  $      21.66
Plastering  $      12.62  $      13.74  $      14.85  $      15.96  $      18.18  $      21.52

To see the full guides, please click on the links below:

Bricklaying apprentice rates

Tiling and Stonemasonry apprentice pay rates

Plasterering apprentice pay rates


HIA-Stratco South Australia Awards Apprentice Bricklayer 2017 – Hayden Ashby

Big congratulations to Haydon Ashby, of Semaphore South, South Australia, for being awarded Apprentice Bricklayer of the Year 2017 in the HIA-Stratco state annual Apprentice & Trade Contractor Awards, held recently in Adelaide. Haydon is now in his third year, employed by HIA under a Group Training Organisation (GTO) arrangement where his host employer is Michael Quaini bricklayer based in Cowandilla, Adelaide.

Haydon started work with Michael in early 2016 and has proven through his diligence and skill to be a worthy recipient of this award, as judged by field officers employed by HIA. There was only one bricklaying Award made by HIA and sponsor Stratco, covering all bricklaying apprenticeship years, so it is a strong recognition of effort to have achieved this award – well done Haydon!

I attended the event and on behalf of Australian Brick and Blocking Foundation (ABBTF) and presented this important award to Haydon. It was an honour and a pleasure to see SA’s apprentices from several trades, receive acknowledgement for their strong performances.

If you’re considering an Apprenticeship in SA check out your options at FCTA, TAFESA. Also visit Become-a-Bricklayer for information on how to explore bricklaying in your State and much more.

Just a bit more information on the role of Group Training:  For bricklayers not wanting to directly employ an Apprentice, Group Training is an excellent way to introduce new apprentices into your business without carrying the administration with the GTO employing and training the apprentice.

The host employer is a tradesperson who provides actual onsite training and as such pays the Group Training company a fee for the time that the apprentice spends onsite. There are advantages to this arrangement. For example some tradespeople want apprentices but do not want the responsibility of accruing or paying holiday pay, sick leave, and superannuation or training costs as such. Some tradesmen do not want the direct responsibility of overseeing the offsite training component and coordination of their apprentices to attend a local Training Provider (RTO), such as TAFESA, as part of the Certificate III completion. And some feel they may not have long term work and cannot sustain an apprentice for three to four years.

For apprentices it’s an alternative pathway to direct employment with a bricklayer, providing them instead with a ‘host’ employer while being employed by the GTO, in this case HIA. GTO vs RTO explained.

Tony Bishop
ABBTF Regional Manager North West

Source: HIA-Stratco South Australia Awards Apprentice Bricklayer 2017

Tax Deductions for Tradies and Contractors

Are you a self-employed Tradesman or Contractor? Being self-employed can provide a lot of benefits, such as flexible working hours and being your own boss.

When it comes to your tax return, however, it can get a little complicated. Being a self-employed Tradesman or Contractor, you may have more tax responsibilities and liabilities to consider. These could include reporting your income and work expenses, and keeping proper business records. The best way to be prepared for the Tax Season, is to remain organised throughout the year and seek the right tax advice and services when completing your tax return.

Complied below is a list of expenses that can be deductible for most self-employed Tradesmen or Contractors. The list details the standard and not so commonly known possible tax deductions that you may be able to claim in your tax return 2017. To be able to claim your work-related expenses, the item must have been required for your business or job. Also, it is essential that you keep well-organised and easily accessible records, such as receipts or invoices, in a paper or electronic system. If you don’t and the ATO questions your tax return claims, you may be heavily penalised and face a fine, as well as additional fees.

Please note, that this is not an exhaustive list and that you should always seek advice from your Accountant before making a claim.

Table 1: Tax Deductible Expenses List for Self-Employed Tradesmen and Contractors.
Work-related Expense
Is it Tax Deductible?
Protective clothing All protective clothing, including steel-capped boots, High-vis clothing, helmets, goggles, and so on. Yes
Laundry Laundry costs for all work-related clothing Yes
Tools & Equipment You can now claim up to $20,000 on business-related assets, between 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2017 Yes
Repairs Incurred on assets used for work Yes
Transport Work-related vehicle expenses, such as fuel and servicing, or public transport. If you use your vehicle for business and private reasons, you can only make a proportionate claim. Yes
Education costs


Any educational course or related costs that are required for your current job or work enhancement  


Mobile Bills Only work-related mobile phone costs can be included. If you use your mobile for business and private reasons, you can only make a proportionate claim. Yes
Sun protection Sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses used during work Yes
Home office



If a part or a room at home is used for work related activity, you may be able to claim a portion of the running expenses, such as rent, electricity and internet.  


Super contribution Up to $ 25,000 per annum, paid after-tax income. Yes
Stationery Used for work or home office Yes
Bank Charges Only if the bank account generates interest income Yes
Interest Borrowed for work related financing, such as for assets or equipment Yes
Tolls and Parking Fees Incurred during work related travel Yes
Trade union Trade related association body expenses, including annual practising Yes
Association fees Certificate costs Yes
Technical publications For the line of work Yes
Tax/Accountancy fees Tax, BAS and Accounts preparation ( plus travel cost to meet) Yes
Public liability If required to carry out work Yes
Legal expenses For work related contracts Yes
Insurance Income continuance, sickness and accident Yes
Meals Routine meals during work and travel No
Meals If you worked after normal hours and overnight travel Yes
Fines Imposed by court or law No
Entertainment Personal entertainment, such as drinking or dining out with friends No
Conventional Clothing Not related to work No
Driver’s license Renewal and acquiring fees No
Club membership Such as Social Club fees No
Child care expenses Child support expenses No
Other Any other costs incurred to generate work income Most often – Yes

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Author │ Yohan Soza