Find out about wages and allowances for apprentices and trainees.
Apprentice and trainee wages
Apprentice and trainee wages are mostly set by an industry award. Different industries have different awards – over 100 of them.
Search a current list of modern award rates on the Fair Work Australia website. Find your industry and see what you should be getting paid.
If you are employed in the SA Public Sector, search industry awards on the SA Industrial Relations website.
If you aren't sure which award you come under, ask your employer or look at your training contract.
Travel and accommodation allowances
If you have to travel more than 150km to get to and from your closest approved training provider, the State Government may contribute towards a portion of your travel and accommodation costs. You may be eligible if you:
- have a current training contract registered in South Australia
- travel a round trip distance in excess of 150km between your normal place of residence and your closest contracted training provider in South Australia
- live within a non-metropolitan area of South Australia.
Complete your application and send it to Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services using the instructions on the form.
There are provisions in some Modern Awards for expenses related to off-the-job training. In some situations employers may be responsible for assisting with travel costs to attend block release training. Please contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit the Fair Work Australia website to view information relevant to your industry.
Living away from home allowance
If you have to live away from home to do your apprenticeship or traineeship you may be eligible for an allowance. Your Australian Apprenticeships Centre can provide information about eligibility.
Contact your Australian Apprenticeships Centre.
See concessions, allowances and scholarships for more information.