Pay rates for apprentices and qualified plumbers vary depending on:
For most apprenticeships the wage is calculated as a percentage of the professional wage.
Apprentices may also be paid additional allowances such as travel and fares where appropriate. A plumbing apprentice will be paid under a State or Federal Award, Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) or an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA).
Employment conditions for plumbing apprentices are the same as for other employees working in the plumbing industry through an Award or Employment Agreement.
Employers need to make sure apprentices have:
As the employer, it is your responsibility to inform your apprentice of the employment conditions under which they will be working. Employment conditions that are required by law include: