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Apprentices and trainees

If you hire any apprentices or trainees – even if you only hire one – you must be registered for WorkCover insurance no matter what your rateable remuneration is.

Remuneration exemptions

Some apprentice and trainee remuneration is exempt from WorkCover insurance so you need to be aware of the restrictions and qualifications.

Remuneration is exempt if the apprentice or trainee:

  • is an apprentice or trainee within the meaning of the Education & Training Reform Act 2006
  • has entered into an authorised training agreement with an employer
  • has not worked for their current or a 'former employer' for the two year period before the commencement of the training agreement unless all the following conditions are met:
    • it was for no more than 12 months in total
    • it was for no more than 3 months full-time
    • if the person worked under a previous training agreement with their current or a 'former employer', then the gap between the current agreement and the previous agreement must be less than three months.

Apprentice and trainee remuneration is exempt under Ministerial Declaration – Government Gazette 23, 9 June 2016, on page 1376).

Trainee remuneration threshold

A cap has been placed on trainee remuneration that means you can only claim an exemption for your trainee's remuneration if it is:

  • $36,070 or less in 2010/11
  • $38,520 or less in 2011/12
  • $39,870 or less in 2012/13
  • $40,920 or less in 2013/14
  • $42,540 or less in 2014/15 and 2015/16
  • $42,920 or less in 2016/17
  • $44,420 or less in 2017/18
  • $46,130 or less in 2018/19.

If your trainee's annualised remuneration was more than this amount none of their remuneration would be exempt.

If your trainee's annualised remuneration for 2018/19 is $46,130 or less, all existing rules (noted previously) must still be met to claim an exemption.

This rule does not apply to apprentices you may engage, there is no exemption threshold on apprentice remuneration.

Visit the Department of Education for a related list of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.