Pay rates for apprentices

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The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for profit bodies that are not trading or financial corporations. The Guide to who is in the WA State System has more detail.

This information does not apply to any business which operates as a Pty Ltd business and is a trading or financial corporation nor to any incorporated association or not for profit body that is a trading or financial corporation. These businesses and organisations are in the national fair work system and should visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information on employment laws. 

Specific training wages apply for apprentices and trainees working under a training contract registered with the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office (formerly the Apprenticentre).

Apprentices paid under WA awards

Many WA awards contain specific rates of pay for apprentices.  If a WA award applies to the work performed by an apprentice, but the WA award does not contain an apprentice pay rate relevant to that employee, the apprentice should be paid no less than the minimum wage for an award free apprentice (see below for more details).

If the apprentice is an adult (21 or over) they must be paid whichever is the higher rate of the relevant pay rate under the WA award or the minimum pay rate for adult apprentices.

Do you know what your WA award says about apprentices? - Check the relevant provisions regarding pay, hours, overtime, tool allowances and other allowances for apprentices on the WA award summaries page 

Award free apprentices

If an apprentice is award free (not covered by a WA award), they are to be paid the minimum rate of pay for an award free apprentice.  The minimum rate will vary depending on the term (length) of the apprenticeship and which year the apprentice is currently undertaking.

If the apprentice is an adult (21 or over) he or she must be paid whichever is the higher rate of the relevant minimum pay rate for term (length) and year of their apprenticeship or the minimum pay rate for adult apprentices. The minimum pay rate for an award free apprentice who has reached 21 years of age is $607.60 per week.

Minimum wage rates - award free apprentices  - 4 year apprenticeship

Year of apprenticeship Total rate per week
First year $340.20
Second year $445.60
Third year $607.60
Fourth year $712.90

 

 

Minimum wage rates - award free apprentice - 3.5 year apprenticeship​

Year of apprenticeship Total rate per week
First six months $340.20
Next year $445.60
Next year $607.60
Final year $712.90

 

 

Minimum wage rates - award free apprentices - 3 year apprenticeship​

Year of apprenticeship Total rate per week
First year $445.60
Second year $607.60
Third year $712.90

 

The Award free employees minimum pay rates and entitlements summary publication also details the pay rates for award free apprentices in printable format, and provides details on major employment entitlements for award free employees. 

​Allowances for apprentices

Some WA awards provide for certain allowances to be paid to apprentices. The requirement to pay tool allowance under WA awards applies regardless of whether apprentices are receiving financial grants or government incentives to purchase their own tools.

Attending TAFE or other off-the-job training

An apprentice must be paid for the time spent at TAFE (or other off the job training) as normal working hours. An employer is not required to pay TAFE fees on behalf of the apprentice.  

Need more information?

Visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office website for further information about apprenticeshipswww.dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office

Contact Wageline for information on pay and other employment obligations for apprentices.

Record keeping

All state system employers are legally required to keep employment records that detail time worked, leave taken and pay received by employees.

Learn more on the record keeping requirements page

 

 

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