Useful Links and Resources for Apprentices and Trainees


The organisations listed below offer useful information, guidance and educational material from a broader community perspective.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU)
The TSU is a central point of contact for Employers and Apprentices/ Trainees, Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks (AASN’s), Apprenticeship Support Officers (ASO), Group Training Organisations (GTO’s) and other Government bodies.

Australian Apprenticeships
Official Australian Government website on Australian apprenticeships and traineeships.

Department of Jobs and Small Business
The Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

Department of Education And Training (Victoria)
The Department of Education and Training (Victoria) provides strategic advice and analysis of Victoria’s skill needs, and acts as the system managers for the vocational education and training sector. This site also contains information for apprentices and employers, and about Competency Based Completion arrangements.

E-Oz Energy Skills Australia
E-Oz Energy Skills Australia is the industry’s declared Industry Skills Council for the energy sectors.

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV)
Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is the independent technical regulator responsible for electricity, gas and pipeline safety in Victoria. ESV also licence and register electricians, and issue and audit Certificates of Electrical Safety, which is your guarantee that electrical work has been performed by a qualified electrician

Fairwork Ombudsman

  • wages, benefits, allowances and subsidies
  • award requirements such as “who pays for the training?”
  • employment conditions

National Apprentice Employment Network
The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) is the national association representing group training organisations (GTOs), Australia’s largest employer network of apprentices and trainees.

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA)
Trades Recognition Australia is for overseas qualified professionals who wish to practice in Australia. It also has very useful information regarding working in Australia and visas.

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)
The VRQA is responsible for the regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria. Details for contacting Victorian Apprenticeship Field Services (VAFS) can be found here.

Trade Papers
Trade Papers are a certificate awarded when you complete an apprenticeship and will be reintroduced in Victoria from 2019. You can apply to get trade papers if you have completed your apprenticeship in the past five years.

Half-price Car Rego for Apprentices
If you’re eligible for the trade apprentice discount you can get 50% off your car registration and Transport Accident Charge renewal fee. The discount applies to all apprentices who are registered as a Victorian apprentice holding a current Victorian driver licence (not a learner permit), use their own car, ute or van for approved work purposes, or regularly use it to get to or from work between 8.30pm and 5.30am. The vehicle cannot exceed 4.5 tonnes (GVM)

Trade Support Loans
Trade support loans are paid in instalments totalling up to $20,000 over the life of an Australian apprenticeship. These loans are intended to assist apprentices with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship.

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways
The Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website is an Australia wide information hub, providing information for people considering career options, employers looking at recruitment and those offering support and advice

Need an Apprentice
The Need an Apprentice website is an out-of-trade register that provides an opportunity for unemployed apprentices or trainees to post their resume and apply for jobs on-line, as well as for employers to advertise apprenticeship or traineeships vacancies.

Apprenticeship Support Officers

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.

Skills and Jobs Centres
Skills and Jobs Centres are useful when you are looking to enter the workforce, start training, re-skill, or for employers to meet their workforce needs.

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Last Modified: 3rd June 2019