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Training contracts and commencement

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July 2014
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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 will be 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 the time of application) or will cancel the contract (if discovered after registration).

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 Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC) to facilitate the signing of a training contract.


The apprenticeship or traineeship starts on the day agreed to by the employer and the person who is to become an apprentice or trainee. Once agreed, the following process must be followed:

  1. The training contract must be signed within 14 days of the start of the apprenticeship or traineeship.
  2. The employer is to contact an AAC to facilitate the signing of a training contract.
  3. 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.
  4. The employer must ensure that the signed training contract is given to the AAC within 28 days of the commencement of the apprenticeship or traineeship.
  5. The AAC will contact the training organisation chosen by the employer and the apprentice or trainee to deliver training.
  6. 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. This must happen within three months of the agreed date of commencement.
  7. On-the-job training should commence as soon as possible and not wait until the training organisation has developed a training plan.

Permanent transfer of a training contract

The process for commencement changes where DETE approves the permanent transfer of an apprentice or trainee to another employer.

The ATIS-046 Transfer of a registered training contract - permanent or temporary information sheet provides further advice.

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