The Australian College has been supporting employers in Tasmania and their trainees for over 10 years; offering an experienced Registered Training Organisation in our specialist course areas.
Traineeship User Choice in Tasmania is the funding model that relates to traineeship delivery, and offers government funding towards traineeships for new and existing staff and school based trainees.
Traineeships are employment arrangements where the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments support and encourage the training of new employees.
Each state and territory determines the areas it will support as traineeships, and in many cases will subsidise the training costs. Some states and ACT offer generous payroll tax advantages for trainees.
The Commonwealth Government supports the program by offering employer incentives for employers engaging and successfully completing apprentices and trainees.
With so many different levels of government involved – traineeships can seem complicated, but they don’t need to be. The College specialises in traineeship delivery so feel free to call us and get your questions answered.
Apprenticeship Network Providers (previously called Australian Apprenticeship Centres) determine the eligibility of employees for traineeships. The following information is a guide to how the traineeship system works:
1. The type of work must be declared a traineeship in the state that you wish to employ the trainee.
This government website shows the Traineeships Declared, but the College is happy to work this out for you.
2. The employee you wish to register in a traineeship must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.
They can also be a New Zealand passport holder who has been resident in Australia for more than six months,
Some states will allow visa holders where the specific visa allows employment and traineeships (including Special Category Visa 444 which allows New Zealand Citizens to work and study in Australia for an unlimited period).
3. The employee cannot already hold a formal qualification (but see the many exceptions to this rule below).
Contact us to arrange specific advice from an Apprenticeship Network Provider or refer to http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.
In NSW the Vocational Training Orders that declare a Traineeship are published on the Training Services NSW site.
The employee cannot already hold a formal qualification but there are many exceptions to this rule.
It is best to let an Australian Network Provider consider the specific qualifications held by any potential trainees, as there are many exceptions and rules. In general:
To be registered as a New Entrant trainee, a new employee must be registered as a Trainee within three months of commencing work or within 12 months for part-time employees.
Employer incentives apply to New Entrant trainees. Details are shown later.
Payroll Tax exemptions or rebates might also apply. Please call us if you would like to know more.
For some states the training costs for many New Entrant traineeships is subsidised. Refer to each state for rules and qualifications subsidised.
Employees registered as trainees who have been employed longer than the time frames for New Entrant status are called Existing Worker trainees.
Existing employees can be registered as trainees. The benefits or reasons to do this vary from state to state:
Traineeships are suitable for all employees no matter what their age is. Our course materials are based on work place skills, so no matter how old your employees are, they will still benefit from the course.
Quick Summary: $4 000 per FT new entrant trainee; $1 500 per PT new entrant trainee
For new Part time trainees the $1 500 is claimable at completion of the traineeship.
Incentives are subject to traineeship eligibility criteria, waiting periods and time limits being met. Your Apprenticeship Support Network provider will assess your trainees eligibility for incentives.
The information provided on this page is for general information only and should not be relied upon because it is subject to change and may not reflect your exact circumstances. Refer to http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/ for current information.
NSW, QLD, ACT and WA offer an exemption and/or rebate on the wages of New Entrant trainees.
If you are paying or liable to pay Payroll Tax – this can be a significant saving amounting to thousands of dollars.
Current details on Payroll Tax Rebates and downloadable brochures are available in the Payroll Tax section below.
The cost of the training provided by the College may be subsidised by your State or Territory Government.
Each State and Territory determines which courses it will subsidise, and to what extent. Our courses pages will provide an accurate price or estimate.
All require an employer contribution.
ACT and WA also subsidise the costs for some Existing Worker traineeships.
Taking on a trainee can be a step forward for many businesses to train and grow their key staff for the future. It provides an opportunity for an extra set of hands that is motivated and keen to learn.
Under the Traineeship Training Contract the employer must provide a workplace environment that supports the trainee's learning, and allows approximately 3 hours per week towards learning activities.
Employers enrolling their employees as students are responsible to:
As a supervisor you will act as a role model and coach for the trainee. The trainee will look to you for guidance and help in learning to do their job. You also have responsibilities to talk to the College about the trainee's progress. The College will send you regular reports showing formal results.
Rates of pay are a matter for your relevant Award or the National Training Wage. The Department of Fair Work could assist you if you are unsure.
Trainees also have obligations under a traineeship arrangement.
The key obligations that affect their formal qualification are:
Tasmania subsidises qualifications for both New Worker trainees and Existing Worker trainees.
To be eligible for a Tasmanian training contract the trainee must:
a) work in Tasmania
b) be at least 15 years old
c) be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand passport holder who has been a resident in Australia for more than 6 months, or visa holder with rights to engage in work in Australia
d) receive remuneration for their work
e) complete a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week. (Employment and training hours may be averaged over 4 weeks for non-school based training contracts)
f) undertake an approved Australian Traineeship qualification with an approved RTO (like ACCM) and
g) have the required supervision in the workplace for the trainee.
New Workers are defined as fulltime staff who have started their job within the past three months; or part time staff who have started within the past 12 months and are registered as a trainee within that timeframe.
Existing Workers have been employed for much longer i.e. full-time staff for more than three months and part time staff longer than 12 months.
New Worker and Existing Worker Traineeship status and eligibility is assessed by the College based on the information provided in the online enrolment application and subsequent discussions with the employer and trainee.
Some of the funded traineeship qualifications offered by the College are also funded for Existing Employers by Skills Tasmania.
Subsidised places are limited in numbers and can only be confirmed after enrolment. The College will submit an application for the Existing Worker Traineeship with Skills Tasmania and let you know if you are successful.
If a subsidised place is not approved you can continue on a Fee for Service basis.
ACCM College has a limited Traineeship contract in Tasmania covering Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal) and Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical) and Certificate III in Accounts Administration. These course pages quote the traineeship fees.
Course Fees for other traineeship qualifications are published Employer Program standard fees, or as varied in a Client Services Agreement.