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Support is available for Australian Apprentices and trainees.

Starting your apprenticeship

There are different ways to start an apprenticeship or traineeship. Read about becoming an apprentice or trainee on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.

If you’re aged 15 to 24, a Transition to Work provider can help you find an apprenticeship or traineeship. Find out about Workforce Australia Transition to Work on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.

The Indigenous Apprenticeships Program is a pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to start their career in the Australian Public Service. Find out about the Indigenous Apprenticeships Program on the Services Australia website.

During your apprenticeship

You’re an Australian Apprentice if you’re both:

Getting a payment

You may be able to get one of the following:

  • Youth Allowance for students and apprentices, for full time Australian Apprentices between 16 and 24.
  • Austudy, the main income support payment if you’re 25 or older and a full time student or Australian Apprentice.
  • ABSTUDY, a group of payments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and Australian Apprentices.

Ending your apprenticeship

Depending on what state or territory you live in, you may get a trade certificate. You may also need to apply for a work licence at this stage.

If you’ve decided not to finish your apprenticeship, there is information and support to guide you.

Read about ending an apprenticeship or traineeship on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

If you finish your apprenticeship early, you need to tell Services Australia. Call the Australian Apprenticeships line on the Services Australia website.

Help in your language

Call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. They will connect you to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations switchboard.