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Changing your training contract

During the term of your apprenticeship or traineeship, the details in the training contract may need to be amended. Your responsibilities, and those of your employer and your training organisation, vary depending on the type of change required.

Extending your probationary period

The probationary period allows the apprentice or trainee and the employer the opportunity to assess their compatibility and the apprentice or trainee's suitability to the apprenticeship or traineeship. If the time allowed needs to be extended, this can be applied for as long as all parties agree.

Read the ATIS-023 Probationary periods information sheet.

Amending your training contract mode (including from school-based to full-time or part-time)

The mode (full-time, part-time or school-based) of your training contract can be amended at any time during the apprenticeship or traineeship as long as all parties agree.

School-based apprentices and trainees who do not complete their apprenticeship or traineeship prior to finishing school will need to have their training contracts 'converted' from school-based to either part time or full time as soon as they finish school. This an automatic process carried out by the department. Once converted, the student will be required to pay student contribution fees to their nominated training organisation. Students should contact their training organisation as soon as possible to determine the cost of fees.

Normal award wages and conditions apply once the contract is converted to a full-time or part-time arrangement. Contact Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit www.fairwork.gov.au if you require clarification.

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Extending the nominal term (end date) of your training contract

All apprenticeship and traineeship training contracts have a nominal term, start date and nominal completion date. If the nominal term of your apprenticeship or traineeship is due to end before all your training is complete, you and your employer can apply for an extension of the nominal term of the training contract.

Read the ATIS-019 Length of apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet.

Transferring from one employer to another

A permanent or temporary transfer of your registered training contract from one employer to another may be considered for a variety of reasons including a change in either your or your employer's circumstances, a lack of ongoing employment or to improve training opportunities.

Read the ATIS-046 Transfer of a registered training contract - permanent or temporary information sheet.

Sale or change of ownership of my employer's business

If your employer's business is sold, and the new owner agrees to continue your apprenticeship or traineeship, your training contract is automatically transferred to the new owner. Read the ATIS-037 Transfer of a registered training contract - statutory (sale or dissolution of business) information sheet.

Changing your training organisation

You and your employer can agree to change training organisations during the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Read the ATIS-007 Changing the registered training contract information sheet.

Changing your qualification

You, your employer and your training organisation can amend the qualification of your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Change of qualification to another in a different industry/training package or another level in the same training package as the current qualification will require the parties to apply using the ATF-035 Amendment of a registered training contract form.

For a change of qualification resulting from the original qualification being superseded, the ATF-028 Notification of change of qualification form should be used.

Suspending the training contract

An employer and apprentice or trainee may agree to apply to suspend the training contract for a period of up to 12 months for reasons such as seasonal employment, long term illness or injury or maternity/paternity arrangements.

Read the ATIS-047 Suspension of a registered training contract information sheet.

This page was last updated at 29-January-2015
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