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A number of initiatives have been introduced by the Australian Government to assist Australian Apprentices in their Apprenticeship.
• Tools For Your Trade payment initiative • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payment initiative • Living Away From Home Allowance
• Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability • Australian School-based Apprenticeships
First, second and third year apprentices and new entrant trainees registered in NSW are eligible to receive a concession card that entitles you to concession fares on NSW government buses, trains and ferries.
Australian Apprentices and new entrant trainees may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance if they need to travel more than 120kms round trip to attend day or block release with their registered training organisation. Travel and accommodation assistance is $28 per day and the rate for travel expenses is 12 cents per kilometre. This applies to both public and private transport.
First and second year apprentices may be eligible to receive a $100 rebate on their car registration. To be eligible for the rebate, the vehicle must be: • registered in NSW • registered in the name of an eligible apprentice, or jointly with an eligible apprentice • be registered for general private or general business use • have been registered in the name of an eligible apprentice, or jointly with an eligible apprentice, at the time the registration fee and motor vehicle tax were last paid.
The Tools For Your Trade payment initiative will provide up to $5,500 to eligible Australian Apprentices over the life of their Australian Apprenticeship. The payment initiative is available to Australian Apprentices who meet the required eligibility and who are undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship in a trade occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List, agricultural occupation, and if in rural and regional Australian, a horticultural occupation.
The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payment initiative provides financial support to Australian Apprentices where the Australian Apprentice is aged 25 or over at the commencement of their Australian Apprenticeship on or after 1 January 2010, and is completing an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in an occupation experiencing a skills shortage. The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payment initiative provides financial support to Australian Apprentices during the first two years of an Australian Apprenticeship. To be eligible to receive the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments, the Australian Apprentice must be 25 or over at the commencement of their Australian Apprenticeship on or after 1 January 2010 and be completing an Australian Apprenticeship at the Certificate III or IV level in a trade listed on the National Skills Needs List. The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices payments are made to the Australian Apprentice depending on the actual wage paid to the Australian Apprentice. Payments are made at $150 per week ($7,800 per annum) in the first year and $100 per week ($5,200 per annum) in the second year or until completion if this occurs within the first two years. Living Away From Home Allowance The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) provides assistance to eligible Australian Apprentices in their first three years of training, if they: • have to move away from their parents’ or guardians’ home in order to take up or remain in an Australian Apprenticeship, or • receive essential supplementary on-the-job training with another employer, or • are homeless.
Australian Apprentices may also be eligible to access fortnightly payments delivered by Centrelink:- • Youth Allowance for Australian Apprentices aged 16-24 • Austudy for Australian Apprentices aged 25 and over • ABSTUDY for Australian Apprentices of any age who are Indigenous Australians
Provide us with your school reports and any work experience references you may have. Tell us about the organisations you belong to whether that be a social club or sporting organisation. Send us a detailed resume and a cover letter and advice us of the type of apprenticeship you are interested in applying for at firstname.lastname@example.org OR Use the Master Builders Online Resume Builder to send us your cover letter and resume. OR mail to Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd Master Builders Apprenticeship Department Private Bag 9 Broadway NSW 2007