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Training contracts and commencement

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July 2013
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The training contract is a legally binding contract that allows the employer, apprentice or trainee to enter into a registered apprenticeship or traineeship. The training contract must be negotiated and signed by the employer, the apprentice or trainee (and the parent/guardian where applicable).

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All the information on the training contract must be accurate and truthful. By signing the training contract, the employer and apprentice or trainee have indicated they understand and are bound by the conditions and associated obligations of the training contract.

If it is discovered that a training contract contains false or misleading information, the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) will not register the contract (if discovered at time of application) or will cancel the contract (if discovered after registration).

The training contract must be signed by the end of the probationary period and lodged with DETE, via your chosen Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC) within one month after the end of probation.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

If an employer is intending to employ a school-based apprentice or trainee, the employer should in the first instance contact the student's school to negotiate the impact of work and/or training on the student's school timetable. Once this has been agreed to, the employer may then contact an AAC to facilitate the signing of a training contract.


The recommended process, following offer and acceptance of employment as an apprentice or trainee, is as follows:

  1. Contact an AAC to facilitate the signing of a training contract as soon as possible after employment commences. The AAC should visit the workplace to perform an induction and advise the employer and apprentice or trainee of their obligations under the training contract.
  2. Commence training in the workplace from day one of employment. Off-the-job training (with a training organisation) should commence as soon as possible.
  3. The AAC will contact the training organisation chosen by the employer and the apprentice or trainee to deliver training.
  4. The training organisation will contact the employer and apprentice or trainee to arrange for an induction to take place and to negotiate a training plan that suits the needs of the workplace.

It is important for the employer and the apprentice or trainee to form an effective partnership with the training organisation, and to develop a full understanding of the training plan and training delivery to ensure quality training.

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