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Build a Skilled Workforce - Hire an apprentice or trainee!

Build a Skilled Workforce - hire an apprentice or trainee!

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

Sarina Russo supports you with the best recruitment advice …  at NO COST

      • Hire work ready apprentices or trainees
      • Mentor and support your apprentice and trainee on, and off, the job
      •  Assess eligibility for financial incentives to assist with wages and other costs
      • Take care of the paperwork so you can focus on running your business
      • Personalised support from commencement to completion 

 

‘How to’ Guide for Employers

Supporting Apprentices & Trainees Wage Subsidy Q&As

Sign up

The sign-up is when you and your Australian Apprentice sign the Training Contract.

 

Sarina Russo organise this for a mutually agreed time at your workplace. 

 

As outlined in the National Code of Good Practice, the Training Contract sets out the terms and conditions of an Australian Apprenticeship. 

 

Sarina Russo will need to verify the identity of the apprentice/trainee.  Please remind them to bring one form of photo identification or two forms of other identification (Birth  Certificate, medicare card, etc), as well as their Unique Student Identifier (USI) number.

Once the Training Contract is completed, Sarina Russo’s Customer Service team submit it for processing. 

 

You will then receive an email with a copy of the Training Contract .  The email is system generated from noreply@industry.gov.au

 

Please check your junk or spam folder if you do not receive it. Please keep a copy for your records.

Sarina Russo will undertake progress contacts with your apprentices or trainees throughout their Australian Apprenticeship.

 

As the employer, please advise your Sarina Russo consultant on your preferred choice of contact – phone, email or sms. 

Regular contact identifies any barriers or impediments which may impact your apprentice successfully completing their training

To best manage your registration Sarina Russo created an Employer Portal containing:

    • The status of an Apprentice’s registration
    • The ability to run various reports on Claims received and their due date
    • Information and reporting functions for Apprentices employed within your company.

 

To gain access to the Employer Portal call 1300 178 776 or email apprenticeships@sarinarusso.com.au 

Click here for more Information.

INCENTIVES

There are several eligibility factors to determine access to Australian Government incentives. 

 

Sarina Russo provides eligibility advice once a Training Contract has been signed.

 

A current list of potential incentive can be found  here.

 

From 1 July 2020, the Australian Government flagged replacing the existing employer incentive with a new incentives for Australian Apprentices (IAA).  For more details click here.

 

Sarina Russo provides you receive written confirmation via email of your eligibility for Australian Government incentives.  

Financial support is available for adult workers (aged 25 years or over). 

 

They can upgrade their skills through an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List.

 

The payment is made to the employer depending on the wage paid to the Australian Apprentice.

 

Click here to find more information.

Trade Support Loans are available to eligible apprentices to assist with everyday costs while completing their apprenticeship.

 

They can receive up to $21,078 over the life of the apprenticeship. 

 

The apprentice needs to start repaying the loan once they if they earn more than $45,880 for the 2019-2020 financial year.  Repayments are arranged via the tax system.  More info can be found here.

 

We recommend you ask your apprentice if they are in receipt of a Trade Support Loan, particularly if the annual salary is higher than the repayment threshold.  More information click here.

Payment of up to $4000 available to eligible employers commencing from 1 July 2019. 

 

Your apprentice must undertake an Australian Apprenticeship in one of the below occupations experiencing national skills shortages. 

 

Your Sarina Russo consultant can provide you guidance around all necessary requirements.

 

Carpenters and Joiners

Plasterers

Plumbers

Bakers and Pastrycooks

Hairdressers

Vehicle Painters

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

Wall and Floor Tilers

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

Arborists

Further information can be found here.

Additional support to Australian Apprentices with a disability is available through, wage subsidies, tutorial, interpreter and mentor services.  For more information click here. Call 1300 178 776 for an application form.

 

Help is also available through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) which provides financial aid to eligible people so they access additional work related modification, equipment, help and services.

 

Employers can assess the EAF through Disability Employment Services or jobactive organisations.  For more information click here.

TARGETED SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Online career profiling and job search coaching tool to help you find the ideal career. 

 

It includes psychometric testing to ensure the best fit vocational pathway. 

 

Discovery is available free to eligible apprentices connected to Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.

Gateway Services provides a list of vacancies and helpful hints on securing employment. 

 

To register your details and explore vacancies and job searching tools please Click here 

During your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be requested at various times to complete a KnowU assessments, so we can deliver you the most relevant and up to date In Training Support.

Click here to find more​ information

CODES OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct applies to Sarina Russo and our staff.

 

It represents the standards we must apply when we deal with you. So you receive the highest quality service. A full copy is available at here.

The National Code of Good Practice ensures Employers and Apprentices have a clear understanding of each other’s obligations and expectations throughout the lifetime of an Australian Apprenticeship. 

 

For more Information Click Here

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules.  This includes pay, leave, employee entitlements and details on awards and agreements. 

 

If you are seeking advice on wages and other conditions of your employment please visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ 

 

The Fair Work Ombudsmen’s guide for Australian Apprentices outline terms and conditions of your employment.  Click here

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In the ACT the STA is Skills Canberra.  Skills Canberra is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic advice and overall management of vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT.  More information about the role of Skills Canberra can be found here.

 

Colour Vision Testing – Electrical Apprentices

 

A colour vision test report is required to approve training contracts in the following qualifications (and equivalent updates of these qualifications):

    • UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
    • UEE32211 Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
    • AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

 

Colour vision testing is required on the basis of industry and licensing advice and recommendation. The colour vision test results should be on an Optometrist letterhead.

 

For further information please contact your local Sarina Russo Apprenticeship ACT Field Officer on 1300 178 776.

 

ACT Wage Advice Service

 

The ACT Wage Advice Service provides employers and Australian Apprentices (both current and prospective) with free advice about industrial arrangements including modern awards, employment agreements, competency-based wage progression and national employment standards.

 

Contact the ACT Wage Advice Service by telephone on 1300 278 681 or by email to apprenticeship@canberrabusiness.com.

 

AVETARS

 

The ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS) is the online application used by Skills Canberra to manage vocational education and training initiatives in the ACT

 

Australian apprentices and employers have access to AVETARS.  Here you initiate training contract variations and cancellations 

 

To log into AVETARS  https://www.avetars.act.gov.au/

For more information, access and user guides please visit the Skills Canberra website here.

 

Out of Trade Register

 

Australian Apprentices whose training contract have been cancelled or are in jeopardy may be assisted in finding employment by agreeing to go on the Register. Prospective employers can be provided with the contact details of an Australian Apprentice, once registered.

 

For more details or to register please email Skills Canberra skills@act.gov.au.

 

Training Fund Authority

 

The ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority (the Authority) is the statutory body responsible for providing funding for the training of eligible workers in the ACT building and construction industry.

More information is available here.

State Training Authority

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

In NSW the STA is Training Services NSW.  Training Services NSW provides vocational education and training advice and information to apprentices and trainees and their employers, industry and training providers.  Training Services NSW operates regional offices across NSW.  More information and how to contact training Services NSW can be found here.

 

Payroll Tax rebate

 

All wages (including superannuation, allowances and fringe benefits) paid to apprentices and trainees are liable for payroll tax.

However, you can claim a payroll tax rebate on wages paid to approved apprentices and only new entrant trainees

 

The rebate can only be claimed on wages paid to apprentices/trainees that are approved by Training Services NSW under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001. Different eligibility rules apply to apprentices and trainees.

More information is available here.

 

Worker Insurance Premiums – Apprentice Incentive Scheme

 

Under this scheme, if you employ an apprentice, you’re entitled to a premium reduction based on the wages paid to your apprentice.

To be eligible for the reduction you must:

    • Have a valid workers compensation policy
    • Have entered into a Training Services NSW approved contract with the apprentice. The apprentice must be identified in the training contract.

 

icare will calculate the apprentice incentive amount based on details you provide in your wages declaration forms.

More information is available at https://www.icare.nsw.gov.au/employers/premiums/ways-to-lower-your-premiums/ and here. 

 

Is your apprentice or trainee under 18?

 

Training and supervising an apprentice/trainee who is under 18 years of age comes with

significant requirements and duty of care responsibilities. 

 

A duty of care is an additional requirement to employer obligations found in the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001, the National Training Contract and the NSW Training Plan.

More Information is available here

 

Apprentices Placement Service for Apprentices (CAPS)

 

The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service is a free matching service provided by Training Services NSW. This service matches apprentices who have recently lost their job because of the economic downturn with employers looking to recruit people who have already commenced training and are keen to complete their trade qualification.

For more information and to register click here.

 

Travel, Accommodation and Relocation Assistance

 

Financial assistance is available to eligible apprentices and trainees in NSW to assist in meeting some of the costs associated with training.  More information and how they can apply can be found here.

 

Your Australian Apprentice may also be available for travel concessions and car registration discounts.  They have been provided this information by Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Queensland the STA is the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  Any Apprenticeship and Traineeship enquires can be made by call 1800 210 210* (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.45pm) or via email to apprenticeshipsinfo@qld.gov.au.

Further information is available on their website.

 

WorkCover premium savings for employers hiring apprentices

 

WorkCover Queensland are supporting the Queensland Government’s plan to encourage business to hire more apprentices, by offering employers a discount on their premium if they employ apprentices.

 

From 1 July 2017 Workcover Queensland implemented an ‘apprentice discount’ which will offer savings to employers who employ apprentices by removing apprentice wages from their premium calculation. Wages are a major factor in an employer’s premium calculation, so removing wages via the apprentice discount will result in a cheaper premium.

More information is available here.

 

Apprentice and trainee rebate for payroll tax

 

If your apprentice and trainee wages are exempt from payroll tax, you can also claim a payroll tax rebate that reduces your payroll tax amount for the particular liability. For more information click here.

 

Back to Work Program

 

The Back to Work program is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment. Support payments are available to eligible employers who hire a previously unemployed Queenslander who has experienced a minimum period of unemployment directly prior to commencing work with them.

 

The program is available throughout regional Queensland and in areas of South East Queensland (SEQ) experiencing significant labour market challenges.

 

More information and how to apply can be found here.

 

Assistance and Support

 

During the term of an apprenticeship or traineeship, an employer, apprentice or trainee may seek assistance or support from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider or, for more serious concerns, various other organisations. More information on available resources can be found here.

 

Travel and accommodation subsidy

 

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides a travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees, who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

For more information and how to apply click here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In South Australia the STA is the Department of Innovation and Skills.  Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services assumes responsibility for day to day operation of the Apprenticeship System in SA  They can be contacted on 1800 673 097, via email distas@sa.gov.au or online on their website

www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships  

 

Travel and Accommodation Allowance

 

The Travel and Accommodation Allowance supports rural and regional businesses by helping to cover some of the costs associated with hiring an apprentice.

Many modern awards require employers to reimburse apprentices for all costs associated with attending off-the-job training.

 

Even if it’s not specified in the award, responsible employers will ensure that their apprentice is fully supported and is not out of pocket as a result of having to travel to attend off-the-job training.

You may be able for partial reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs if your Australian Apprentice must travel more than 150km from their home to training.  The apprentice must reside in South Australia’s rural regions.

For further information and to apply click here.

 

Workcover – Apprentice Incentive

 

The apprentice incentive is available to all employers registered with ReturnToWorkSA who employ an eligible person, as well as self-insured employers. The incentive aims to assist skills creation in South Australia by encouraging employers to take on apprentices.

More information is available at https://www.rtwsa.com/media/documents/Your-work-injury-insurance-booklet.pdf .

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

In Tasmania the role of the STA is undertaken by Skills Tasmania.  Specifically, the Training Operations area approves and register training contracts, approves requests to amend the training contract, manage the payment of travel and accommodation allowances for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate and intrastate for off-the-job training.

Issue travel warrants for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate for off-the-job training. 

More Information can be found here

 

Phone: 1800 655 846

Email: enquiries@skills.tas.gov.au

Web: www.skills.tas.gov.au

 

Payroll Tax rebate Scheme

 

1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021, the rebate will be available for businesses that employ apprentices and trainees in the following industries:

    • Building and construction;
    • Tourism and hospitality; and
    • Manufacturing

The maximum rebate payable will be the payroll tax levied for wages paid to eligible employees, or the total payroll tax paid, whichever is less.

Further information is available here.

 

Targeted Small Business Grant

 

The Targeted Apprentice and Trainee Grant for Small Business program is aimed at increasing the number of apprentices and trainees employed in identified industries by providing a subsidy to small businesses who employ an apprentice or trainee.

The Program provides employers in eligible target industries, who are not entitled to claim the Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme, a subsidy of up to $5,000 for each apprentice or trainee they employ as a new worker. Eligible industries include building and construction, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing.

Details can be found here.

 

Apprentice/trainee travel and accommodation allowances

 

Skills Tasmania provides travel and accommodation allowances to assist apprentices and trainees who are required to travel to attend off-the-job training either within Tasmania or interstate.  More information and how they can apply can be found here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

In Victoria the STA is the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (or VRQA). 

They are an independent statutory authority that works to assure the quality of education and training in Victoria. They apply standards to education and training providers and accredit courses and qualifications.  They register apprentices and trainees, approve their employers and assure all parties meet their contractual obligations.

The VRQA can be contacted on 1300 722 603 (10:00 am—4:30 pm, Monday—Friday) or to visit the website click here.

 

Workcover

 

If you hire any apprentices and/or trainees – even if you only hire one – you must register for WorkCover insurance, regardless of the size of your rateable remuneration.

Some apprentice and trainee remuneration (including superannuation) is exempt from WorkCover insurance so you need to be aware of the restrictions and qualifications that apply.

 

Remuneration is exempt if the apprentice or trainee:

      • is employed by you under a current training agreement as part of an approved training scheme,
      • hasn’t worked for you under any previous training agreement, but if they have – the time between any two agreements must be less than 3 months,
      • did not work for you, outside of a training agreement, during the two year period before the start of the current training agreement, but if they did; 
      • any full-time employment must be no more than 3 months in total,
      • any part-time or continuous casual employment must be for no more than 12 months in total.

More information is available here.

 

Payroll Tax Exemption – Re-employed apprentices or trainees

 

Wages are exempt if they are paid or payable to a re-employed apprentice or trainee:

      • Whose initial employment stopped prior to the completion of their approved training contract.
      • Who has been employed by another employer on or after 1 July 2016.
      • Who is continuing with the same type of approved training contract​.

 

An approved training contract is one that complies with the requirements of an approved training scheme. The Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority website contains a list of approved training schemes.

 

The exemption applies irrespective of the length of time between the employment of the apprentice or trainee with the previous employer and the current employer, and only applies for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

More information is available here and here.

 

Apprenticeship Support Officers

 

VRQA Apprenticeship support officers give guidance to all apprentices aged 15 to 24 in the first year of their apprenticeship. They offer advice on personal and workplace issues.

Officers are located across regional and metropolitan Victoria and service areas are based on employer workplace location.

 

If you employ an eligible apprentice, an officer will contact you them provide their details. If your Australian Apprentice has not yet been contacted or have lost their details call 1300 311 820 or email apprenticeship.support@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information click here.

 

Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services

 

On behalf of the VRQA, the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services (VAFS) checks in with apprentices and trainees to see how their apprenticeship or traineeship is progressing.

If your Australian Apprentice is due for a check-in, they’ll receive a text message from VAFS with a number to call and link to follow.

A VAFS check-in takes around 1 minute. It involves your apprentice answering a few simple questions about the workplace and their employer. The Apprentice can complete the check-in over the phone or online, it’s up to them.

More information is available here.

 

Trade apprentice registration discount

 

If you’re a trade apprentice using your car for work, you can get 50% off your next registration renewal.  For eligibility and to apply click here.

 

Trade Papers

 

Trade papers are a certificate awarded an apprentice they complete their apprenticeship.  They’re used to let employers and customers know that they’ve completed all parts of the apprenticeship and can apply those skills on the job.

For more information click here

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office registers and administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.  They can be contacted on 13 19 54 or via email apprenticeshipoffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au

More information is available from their website.

 

It is important to note that the STA has strict timeframes in relation to notify a change of circumstance in relation to employment of apprentices and trainees.  Please contact within 48 hours of any cancellation, termination or suspension of a Training Contract

 

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

 

For apprentices or trainees who commence after 1 July 2019 your business may be potentially eligible for up to $8500 additional financial support.  The incentive is administered by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.  More information is available here.

 

Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS)

 

The WAAMS online client portal delivers significant benefits including improved access to view and manage training contracts and greater flexibility to manage your personal details and/or those of your employer.

For information on how to access WAAMS and training materials please visit the DTWD website at https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/waams or here.

 

Travel and accommodation allowance (TAA)

 

Your apprentice may be eligible for TAA.  TAA is financial assistance provided to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs of eligible apprentices required to attend off-the job training. An eligible apprentice is entitled to claim the following based on the round-trip distance travelled to the closest training provider.

    • Less than 71 kilometres – no assistance
    • Between 71 and 199 kilometres – travel allowance only
    • And – 200 kilometres or more – travel and accommodation allowance.

 

For enquiries relating to TAA, or to submit application forms, please contact taa@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Application forms are available here.

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Build a Skilled Workforce - Hire an apprentice or trainee!

Build a Skilled Workforce - hire an apprentice or trainee!

Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

Sarina Russo supports you with the best recruitment advice …  at NO COST

      • Hire work ready apprentices or trainees
      • Mentor and support your apprentice and trainee on, and off, the job
      •  Assess eligibility for financial incentives to assist with wages and other costs
      • Take care of the paperwork so you can focus on running your business
      • Personalised support from commencement to completion 

 

‘How to’ Guide for Employers

Supporting Apprentices & Trainees Wage Subsidy Q&As

Sign up

The sign-up is when you and your Australian Apprentice sign the Training Contract.

 

Sarina Russo organise this for a mutually agreed time at your workplace. 

 

As outlined in the National Code of Good Practice, the Training Contract sets out the terms and conditions of an Australian Apprenticeship. 

 

Sarina Russo will need to verify the identity of the apprentice/trainee.  Please remind them to bring one form of photo identification or two forms of other identification (Birth  Certificate, medicare card, etc), as well as their Unique Student Identifier (USI) number.

Once the Training Contract is completed, Sarina Russo’s Customer Service team submit it for processing. 

 

You will then receive an email with a copy of the Training Contract .  The email is system generated from noreply@industry.gov.au

 

Please check your junk or spam folder if you do not receive it. Please keep a copy for your records.

Sarina Russo will undertake progress contacts with your apprentices or trainees throughout their Australian Apprenticeship.

 

As the employer, please advise your Sarina Russo consultant on your preferred choice of contact – phone, email or sms. 

Regular contact identifies any barriers or impediments which may impact your apprentice successfully completing their training

To best manage your registration Sarina Russo created an Employer Portal containing:

    • The status of an Apprentice’s registration
    • The ability to run various reports on Claims received and their due date
    • Information and reporting functions for Apprentices employed within your company.

 

To gain access to the Employer Portal call 1300 178 776 or email apprenticeships@sarinarusso.com.au 

Click here for more Information.

INCENTIVES

There are several eligibility factors to determine access to Australian Government incentives. 

 

Sarina Russo provides eligibility advice once a Training Contract has been signed.

 

A current list of potential incentive can be found  here.

 

From 1 July 2020, the Australian Government flagged replacing the existing employer incentive with a new incentives for Australian Apprentices (IAA).  For more details click here.

 

Sarina Russo provides you receive written confirmation via email of your eligibility for Australian Government incentives.  

Financial support is available for adult workers (aged 25 years or over). 

 

They can upgrade their skills through an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List.

 

The payment is made to the employer depending on the wage paid to the Australian Apprentice.

 

Click here to find more information.

Trade Support Loans are available to eligible apprentices to assist with everyday costs while completing their apprenticeship.

 

They can receive up to $21,078 over the life of the apprenticeship. 

 

The apprentice needs to start repaying the loan once they if they earn more than $45,880 for the 2019-2020 financial year.  Repayments are arranged via the tax system.  More info can be found here.

 

We recommend you ask your apprentice if they are in receipt of a Trade Support Loan, particularly if the annual salary is higher than the repayment threshold.  More information click here.

Payment of up to $4000 available to eligible employers commencing from 1 July 2019. 

 

Your apprentice must undertake an Australian Apprenticeship in one of the below occupations experiencing national skills shortages. 

 

Your Sarina Russo consultant can provide you guidance around all necessary requirements.

 

Carpenters and Joiners

Plasterers

Plumbers

Bakers and Pastrycooks

Hairdressers

Vehicle Painters

Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics

Wall and Floor Tilers

Bricklayers and Stonemasons

Arborists

Further information can be found here.

Additional support to Australian Apprentices with a disability is available through, wage subsidies, tutorial, interpreter and mentor services.  For more information click here. Call 1300 178 776 for an application form.

 

Help is also available through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) which provides financial aid to eligible people so they access additional work related modification, equipment, help and services.

 

Employers can assess the EAF through Disability Employment Services or jobactive organisations.  For more information click here.

TARGETED SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Online career profiling and job search coaching tool to help you find the ideal career. 

 

It includes psychometric testing to ensure the best fit vocational pathway. 

 

Discovery is available free to eligible apprentices connected to Sarina Russo Apprenticeships.

Gateway Services provides a list of vacancies and helpful hints on securing employment. 

 

To register your details and explore vacancies and job searching tools please Click here 

During your Australian Apprenticeship, you may be requested at various times to complete a KnowU assessments, so we can deliver you the most relevant and up to date In Training Support.

Click here to find more​ information

CODES OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct applies to Sarina Russo and our staff.

 

It represents the standards we must apply when we deal with you. So you receive the highest quality service. A full copy is available at here.

The National Code of Good Practice ensures Employers and Apprentices have a clear understanding of each other’s obligations and expectations throughout the lifetime of an Australian Apprenticeship. 

 

For more Information Click Here

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides advice about Australia’s workplace rights and rules.  This includes pay, leave, employee entitlements and details on awards and agreements. 

 

If you are seeking advice on wages and other conditions of your employment please visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ 

 

The Fair Work Ombudsmen’s guide for Australian Apprentices outline terms and conditions of your employment.  Click here

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In the ACT the STA is Skills Canberra.  Skills Canberra is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic advice and overall management of vocational education and training (VET) in the ACT.  More information about the role of Skills Canberra can be found here.

 

Colour Vision Testing – Electrical Apprentices

 

A colour vision test report is required to approve training contracts in the following qualifications (and equivalent updates of these qualifications):

    • UEE30811 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
    • UEE32211 Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
    • AUR30316 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology

 

Colour vision testing is required on the basis of industry and licensing advice and recommendation. The colour vision test results should be on an Optometrist letterhead.

 

For further information please contact your local Sarina Russo Apprenticeship ACT Field Officer on 1300 178 776.

 

ACT Wage Advice Service

 

The ACT Wage Advice Service provides employers and Australian Apprentices (both current and prospective) with free advice about industrial arrangements including modern awards, employment agreements, competency-based wage progression and national employment standards.

 

Contact the ACT Wage Advice Service by telephone on 1300 278 681 or by email to apprenticeship@canberrabusiness.com.

 

AVETARS

 

The ACT Vocational Education and Training Administration Records System (AVETARS) is the online application used by Skills Canberra to manage vocational education and training initiatives in the ACT

 

Australian apprentices and employers have access to AVETARS.  Here you initiate training contract variations and cancellations 

 

To log into AVETARS  https://www.avetars.act.gov.au/

For more information, access and user guides please visit the Skills Canberra website here.

 

Out of Trade Register

 

Australian Apprentices whose training contract have been cancelled or are in jeopardy may be assisted in finding employment by agreeing to go on the Register. Prospective employers can be provided with the contact details of an Australian Apprentice, once registered.

 

For more details or to register please email Skills Canberra skills@act.gov.au.

 

Training Fund Authority

 

The ACT Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Authority (the Authority) is the statutory body responsible for providing funding for the training of eligible workers in the ACT building and construction industry.

More information is available here.

State Training Authority

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

In NSW the STA is Training Services NSW.  Training Services NSW provides vocational education and training advice and information to apprentices and trainees and their employers, industry and training providers.  Training Services NSW operates regional offices across NSW.  More information and how to contact training Services NSW can be found here.

 

Payroll Tax rebate

 

All wages (including superannuation, allowances and fringe benefits) paid to apprentices and trainees are liable for payroll tax.

However, you can claim a payroll tax rebate on wages paid to approved apprentices and only new entrant trainees

 

The rebate can only be claimed on wages paid to apprentices/trainees that are approved by Training Services NSW under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001. Different eligibility rules apply to apprentices and trainees.

More information is available here.

 

Worker Insurance Premiums – Apprentice Incentive Scheme

 

Under this scheme, if you employ an apprentice, you’re entitled to a premium reduction based on the wages paid to your apprentice.

To be eligible for the reduction you must:

    • Have a valid workers compensation policy
    • Have entered into a Training Services NSW approved contract with the apprentice. The apprentice must be identified in the training contract.

 

icare will calculate the apprentice incentive amount based on details you provide in your wages declaration forms.

More information is available at https://www.icare.nsw.gov.au/employers/premiums/ways-to-lower-your-premiums/ and here. 

 

Is your apprentice or trainee under 18?

 

Training and supervising an apprentice/trainee who is under 18 years of age comes with

significant requirements and duty of care responsibilities. 

 

A duty of care is an additional requirement to employer obligations found in the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001, the National Training Contract and the NSW Training Plan.

More Information is available here

 

Apprentices Placement Service for Apprentices (CAPS)

 

The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service is a free matching service provided by Training Services NSW. This service matches apprentices who have recently lost their job because of the economic downturn with employers looking to recruit people who have already commenced training and are keen to complete their trade qualification.

For more information and to register click here.

 

Travel, Accommodation and Relocation Assistance

 

Financial assistance is available to eligible apprentices and trainees in NSW to assist in meeting some of the costs associated with training.  More information and how they can apply can be found here.

 

Your Australian Apprentice may also be available for travel concessions and car registration discounts.  They have been provided this information by Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In Queensland the STA is the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.  Any Apprenticeship and Traineeship enquires can be made by call 1800 210 210* (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.45pm) or via email to apprenticeshipsinfo@qld.gov.au.

Further information is available on their website.

 

WorkCover premium savings for employers hiring apprentices

 

WorkCover Queensland are supporting the Queensland Government’s plan to encourage business to hire more apprentices, by offering employers a discount on their premium if they employ apprentices.

 

From 1 July 2017 Workcover Queensland implemented an ‘apprentice discount’ which will offer savings to employers who employ apprentices by removing apprentice wages from their premium calculation. Wages are a major factor in an employer’s premium calculation, so removing wages via the apprentice discount will result in a cheaper premium.

More information is available here.

 

Apprentice and trainee rebate for payroll tax

 

If your apprentice and trainee wages are exempt from payroll tax, you can also claim a payroll tax rebate that reduces your payroll tax amount for the particular liability. For more information click here.

 

Back to Work Program

 

The Back to Work program is designed to give businesses the confidence to employ Queenslanders who have experienced a period of unemployment. Support payments are available to eligible employers who hire a previously unemployed Queenslander who has experienced a minimum period of unemployment directly prior to commencing work with them.

 

The program is available throughout regional Queensland and in areas of South East Queensland (SEQ) experiencing significant labour market challenges.

 

More information and how to apply can be found here.

 

Assistance and Support

 

During the term of an apprenticeship or traineeship, an employer, apprentice or trainee may seek assistance or support from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider or, for more serious concerns, various other organisations. More information on available resources can be found here.

 

Travel and accommodation subsidy

 

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provides a travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees, who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

For more information and how to apply click here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

In South Australia the STA is the Department of Innovation and Skills.  Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services assumes responsibility for day to day operation of the Apprenticeship System in SA  They can be contacted on 1800 673 097, via email distas@sa.gov.au or online on their website

www.skills.sa.gov.au/apprenticeships-traineeships  

 

Travel and Accommodation Allowance

 

The Travel and Accommodation Allowance supports rural and regional businesses by helping to cover some of the costs associated with hiring an apprentice.

Many modern awards require employers to reimburse apprentices for all costs associated with attending off-the-job training.

 

Even if it’s not specified in the award, responsible employers will ensure that their apprentice is fully supported and is not out of pocket as a result of having to travel to attend off-the-job training.

You may be able for partial reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs if your Australian Apprentice must travel more than 150km from their home to training.  The apprentice must reside in South Australia’s rural regions.

For further information and to apply click here.

 

Workcover – Apprentice Incentive

 

The apprentice incentive is available to all employers registered with ReturnToWorkSA who employ an eligible person, as well as self-insured employers. The incentive aims to assist skills creation in South Australia by encouraging employers to take on apprentices.

More information is available at https://www.rtwsa.com/media/documents/Your-work-injury-insurance-booklet.pdf .

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

In Tasmania the role of the STA is undertaken by Skills Tasmania.  Specifically, the Training Operations area approves and register training contracts, approves requests to amend the training contract, manage the payment of travel and accommodation allowances for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate and intrastate for off-the-job training.

Issue travel warrants for eligible apprentices and trainees travelling interstate for off-the-job training. 

More Information can be found here

 

Phone: 1800 655 846

Email: enquiries@skills.tas.gov.au

Web: www.skills.tas.gov.au

 

Payroll Tax rebate Scheme

 

1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021, the rebate will be available for businesses that employ apprentices and trainees in the following industries:

    • Building and construction;
    • Tourism and hospitality; and
    • Manufacturing

The maximum rebate payable will be the payroll tax levied for wages paid to eligible employees, or the total payroll tax paid, whichever is less.

Further information is available here.

 

Targeted Small Business Grant

 

The Targeted Apprentice and Trainee Grant for Small Business program is aimed at increasing the number of apprentices and trainees employed in identified industries by providing a subsidy to small businesses who employ an apprentice or trainee.

The Program provides employers in eligible target industries, who are not entitled to claim the Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme, a subsidy of up to $5,000 for each apprentice or trainee they employ as a new worker. Eligible industries include building and construction, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing.

Details can be found here.

 

Apprentice/trainee travel and accommodation allowances

 

Skills Tasmania provides travel and accommodation allowances to assist apprentices and trainees who are required to travel to attend off-the-job training either within Tasmania or interstate.  More information and how they can apply can be found here.

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

In Victoria the STA is the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (or VRQA). 

They are an independent statutory authority that works to assure the quality of education and training in Victoria. They apply standards to education and training providers and accredit courses and qualifications.  They register apprentices and trainees, approve their employers and assure all parties meet their contractual obligations.

The VRQA can be contacted on 1300 722 603 (10:00 am—4:30 pm, Monday—Friday) or to visit the website click here.

 

Workcover

 

If you hire any apprentices and/or trainees – even if you only hire one – you must register for WorkCover insurance, regardless of the size of your rateable remuneration.

Some apprentice and trainee remuneration (including superannuation) is exempt from WorkCover insurance so you need to be aware of the restrictions and qualifications that apply.

 

Remuneration is exempt if the apprentice or trainee:

      • is employed by you under a current training agreement as part of an approved training scheme,
      • hasn’t worked for you under any previous training agreement, but if they have – the time between any two agreements must be less than 3 months,
      • did not work for you, outside of a training agreement, during the two year period before the start of the current training agreement, but if they did; 
      • any full-time employment must be no more than 3 months in total,
      • any part-time or continuous casual employment must be for no more than 12 months in total.

More information is available here.

 

Payroll Tax Exemption – Re-employed apprentices or trainees

 

Wages are exempt if they are paid or payable to a re-employed apprentice or trainee:

      • Whose initial employment stopped prior to the completion of their approved training contract.
      • Who has been employed by another employer on or after 1 July 2016.
      • Who is continuing with the same type of approved training contract​.

 

An approved training contract is one that complies with the requirements of an approved training scheme. The Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority website contains a list of approved training schemes.

 

The exemption applies irrespective of the length of time between the employment of the apprentice or trainee with the previous employer and the current employer, and only applies for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

More information is available here and here.

 

Apprenticeship Support Officers

 

VRQA Apprenticeship support officers give guidance to all apprentices aged 15 to 24 in the first year of their apprenticeship. They offer advice on personal and workplace issues.

Officers are located across regional and metropolitan Victoria and service areas are based on employer workplace location.

 

If you employ an eligible apprentice, an officer will contact you them provide their details. If your Australian Apprentice has not yet been contacted or have lost their details call 1300 311 820 or email apprenticeship.support@edumail.vic.gov.au

For more information click here.

 

Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services

 

On behalf of the VRQA, the Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services (VAFS) checks in with apprentices and trainees to see how their apprenticeship or traineeship is progressing.

If your Australian Apprentice is due for a check-in, they’ll receive a text message from VAFS with a number to call and link to follow.

A VAFS check-in takes around 1 minute. It involves your apprentice answering a few simple questions about the workplace and their employer. The Apprentice can complete the check-in over the phone or online, it’s up to them.

More information is available here.

 

Trade apprentice registration discount

 

If you’re a trade apprentice using your car for work, you can get 50% off your next registration renewal.  For eligibility and to apply click here.

 

Trade Papers

 

Trade papers are a certificate awarded an apprentice they complete their apprenticeship.  They’re used to let employers and customers know that they’ve completed all parts of the apprenticeship and can apply those skills on the job.

For more information click here

State Training Authority

 

The State Training Authority (STA) is the State or Territory Government body responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training system, including Australian Apprenticeships, within that jurisdiction.

 

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office registers and administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.  They can be contacted on 13 19 54 or via email apprenticeshipoffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au

More information is available from their website.

 

It is important to note that the STA has strict timeframes in relation to notify a change of circumstance in relation to employment of apprentices and trainees.  Please contact within 48 hours of any cancellation, termination or suspension of a Training Contract

 

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

 

For apprentices or trainees who commence after 1 July 2019 your business may be potentially eligible for up to $8500 additional financial support.  The incentive is administered by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.  More information is available here.

 

Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS)

 

The WAAMS online client portal delivers significant benefits including improved access to view and manage training contracts and greater flexibility to manage your personal details and/or those of your employer.

For information on how to access WAAMS and training materials please visit the DTWD website at https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/waams or here.

 

Travel and accommodation allowance (TAA)

 

Your apprentice may be eligible for TAA.  TAA is financial assistance provided to contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs of eligible apprentices required to attend off-the job training. An eligible apprentice is entitled to claim the following based on the round-trip distance travelled to the closest training provider.

    • Less than 71 kilometres – no assistance
    • Between 71 and 199 kilometres – travel allowance only
    • And – 200 kilometres or more – travel and accommodation allowance.

 

For enquiries relating to TAA, or to submit application forms, please contact taa@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Application forms are available here.