Age requirements and restricted callings
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This information sheet provides information on minimum age requirements and restricted callings in apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland.
Information to get you started
Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. However, there are some apprenticeships and traineeships in occupations that have a higher entry age requirement due to specific legislation related to that industry.
Information regarding the age requirement for individual apprenticeships and traineeships can be obtained from the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website at www.qtis.training.qld.gov.au.
Where the apprentice or trainee is under 18 years of age at the date of signing the training contract, details of the parent or guardian and their signature, are required.
The ultimate responsibility for compliance with age requirements that exist and are enforceable under Queensland legislation rests with employers.
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships
Additional entry requirements apply to school-based apprenticeships or traineeships. Please refer to ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet for further information.
Restrictions apply to the rights of employers to employ staff under the age of 21 years to certain jobs, or 'callings'. Employers may not employ a person under the age of 21 years in jobs that appear in the list of restricted callings, unless:
the prospective employee has completed a qualification or statement of attainment relevant to the calling; or
he or she is employed by the employer as an apprentice or trainee in the calling under the registered training contract.
A list of the apprenticeships and traineeships declared as restricted callings can be found on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.
For further information
Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 for the appropriate industrial relations instrument applying to the trade calling or traineeship occupation
Australian Apprenticeships Centres on 13 38 73
Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.