Financial advice for apprentices and trainees
Wages and conditions
Visit the wages and conditions page for details relating to apprenticeships and traineeships
Travel and accommodation subsidies
The Department of Education and Training provides a travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees (not school-based) to attend training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.
School-based apprentices and trainees should contact their school to discuss subsidies.
Australian Government assistance
The Australian Government provides the following support and financial help to eligible apprentices and trainees:
- Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY
As part of this assistance, apprentices and trainees may be eligible for a health care card which may entitle them to a reduction in some of the costs of training.
- Financial support and loans
The Trade Support Loan and Support for Adult Australian Apprentices Initiative can help apprentices with every day costs while completing their apprenticeship.
- Living Away From Home Allowance
An allowance for eligible apprentices and trainees who have to move away from their parent or guardians' home in order to take up or retain an apprenticeship.
Some training organisations are funded by the department to provide training and assessment services for some apprenticeships and traineeships, at a reduced cost, under the department's User Choice program. The employer and apprentice or trainee have the option of selecting one of these training organisations, or choosing to pay the full amount for training delivered by another training organisation.
Costs of training
Be prepared that there may be costs associated with your apprenticeship or traineeship such as fees for attending the training organisation, uniform and equipment, textbooks or other study materials.
There are a number of support services available to help apprentices and trainees with disability throughout their apprenticeship or traineeship. Services are available to the apprentice or trainee, their employer and the training organisation.