Apprentices


Do you know that apprentices have rights? Find out about your rights and entitlements here.

What you need to know


 Conditions of employment for Australian Apprentices are the same as for other employees. This includes hours of work, overtime, holidays, personal leave, superannuation and other penalty provisions. Additional working conditions for Australian Apprentices require that you have:

  • every opportunity to learn the skills and acquire the knowledge of your trade or traineeship
  • access to structured on and/or off-the-job training
  • paid time off work to attend training when necessary
  • a safe working environment.

What should I be paid?

All pay rates are provided in the Hair and Beauty Award. You can find pay rates for apprentices here:

Fair treatment

You should be treated the same as any other employee and be able to take action if you feel you have been bullied, harassed, discriminated against or your safety has been jeopardised.

Probationary period

The probationary period stipulated in the Australian Apprenticeship Training Contract allows you to be assessed before being taking them on permanently. You may still be entitled to notice of termination under the relevant award, enterprise agreement, or National Employment Standards during the probationary period.

Workers’ compensation

You are entitled to workers’ compensation. For specific information view your relevant state or territory government’s legislation.

What can I do if I need help?

If you’re experiencing a problem with your pay, read on to find out more information on what you can do. To access this information you need to be a HSA member. It’s easy to join.

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