How can you find out about wages and pay levels?

Pay rates for many employees changed on 1 July 2010 – where their modern award has transitional arrangements. Pay rates (including loadings and penalties) under these modern awards will continue to change as the modern award rates of pay are phased in over a period of years.

Your boss has to pay you under an Award.

Modern Awards cover most workplaces. Modern Awards were created to establish one set of minimum conditions for employers and employees across Australia who work in the same industries or occupations.

Modern awards do not apply to an employer who is bound by an enterprise Award. An enterprise Award regulates the terms and conditions of employment only in the single business specified in that Award.

Your Award will cover:

  • base rates of pay, including piecework rates
  • types of employment (e.g. full-time, part-time, casual)
  • overtime and penalty rates
  • work arrangements (e.g. rosters, variations to working hours)
  • annualised wage or salary arrangements
  • allowances (e.g. travel allowances)
  • leave, leave loading and taking leave
  • superannuation
  • procedures for consultation, representation and dispute settlement
  • outworkers
  • an industry-specific redundancy scheme.

Modern Awards must also include a procedure for settling disputes about matters covered by the award or the National Employment Standards. Follow this link for a list of Awards.

The FairWork Ombudsman’s website has a handy tool called PayCheck. It lets you calculate the base rates of pay for a particular job. It takes into account the modern award classification and the corresponding pre-modern award classification and automatically factors in changes resulting from Fair Work Australia’s annual wage review. Follow this link for information about pay.

Or ring Fair Work Infoline as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94

Will you be paid for the time on the job?

Yes, you will be paid while you undertake supervised training

Supervised training is commonly referred to as on or off-the-job training delivered by your training organisation. Under the requirements of the training contract, all employers must release their apprentice or trainee from work and pay the appropriate wage to attend any off-the-job training (including assessment) as provided for in the training plan.

Please note that school-based apprentices and trainees may not be paid for this time with the training organisation.

Further financial support

While there are some costs involved in completing an apprenticeship or traineeship, financial support may be available to help with these costs. For example, Trade Support Loans.  Follow this link to the list of support and benefits you may be able to access.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has put together a webinar and video on helping organise finances for getting a car and moving out of home. Check out this site.

Please note that school-based apprentices and trainees may not be paid for this time with the training organisation.

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Help with money

The MEGT Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential personal and professional development resource available to all apprentices and trainees employed by MEGT Group Training and placed with host employers.

The EAP is designed to help maintain the right balance between wellbeing and performance and includes their moneyAssist™ advice service.

For a confidential chat with a qualified counselor please contact the EAP 24 hour hotline  on 1300 360 364 or contact your Field Officer.


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Australian Apprenticeships Centres are now Australian Apprenticeship Support Network locations.

MEGT (Australia) Ltd, trading as MEGT, is an Apprenticeship Network Provider contracted by the Australian Government as represented by the Department of Education and Training to provide Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) services to employers and Australian Apprentices. MEGT is one of eleven Apprenticeship Network Providers throughout Australia. This website does not represent the Australian Government. If you wish to access information about Australian Apprenticeships from the Australian Government, please visit https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme Guidelines and associated appendices may be viewed on the Department of Education and Training website.

Australian Apprenticeship Network Providers are an Australian Government funded initiative.

Need help? Call us at 13 MEGT (6348) or email us at aasninfo@megt.com.au

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