This is a two-part series where we will answer your queries about mature aged apprenticeships. In Australia, any person who is aged 21 years or older at the commencement of their Australian Apprenticeship is considered a mature aged apprentice, or adult apprentice. The same is applied to Australian Traineeships and mature aged trainees. All Australian apprentices are paid subject to the relevant award for the industry in which they are working. Awards detail the legal entitlements of an employee, such as minimum wages and conditions, per the industry or position in which they are employed. These awards also cover the general apprentice pay rate commencing under the age of 21 and the adult apprentice pay rate commencing at age 21 or over which is typically at a higher rate.
A new minimum wage for South Australian workers has been declared by the South Australian Employment Tribunal, commencing from the first full pay period on or after 1 July The following rates apply to the South Australian industrial relations system state system , which covers employers and workers in the South Australian public and local government sectors as well as prescribed state government business enterprises. These rates do not apply to workers under a contract of employment or covered by a State Award, unless their current wage rates are lower, in which case the higher rate of the minimum wage must be paid. There is also a federal minimum wage for the whole of the private sector including private schools, universities and the non-government community services sector which is covered by the national industrial relations system. Employers and their workers covered by this system can check their obligations and entitlements via the Fair Work Ombudsman website or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 Go to top of page Minimum wage. Minimum wage rates are also set for: trainees under formal training contracts as per the Training and Skills Development Act workers in supported employment piece workers.
The Table below shows the current Apprenticeship rates, but note that this table does not show overtime rates. These are Downloadable at a link located at the base of this page together with other useful information. Enterprise Bargaining Agreements may apply on certain job sites.
Once working, you will receive a pay slip that includes details such as the period of employment to which the pay relates, the hours worked including any overtime , gross pay, tax deducted, other deductions and net pay. To find out which incentives apply in your State or Territory or to your situation, download the relevant State or Territory e-guide below. This test is going to help you understand two things. Firstly, how ready you are to start work. Secondly, how suitable you are to certain jobs.