Bricklaying Apprentice Pay Rates and Conditions

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Bricklaying Apprentice Pay Rates

Pay rates for new apprentices commencing from July 1, 2016 have changed in all States. In addition, since July 2014 the introduction of the Modern Award (for bricklaying, Code MA000020), has brought into line identical apprentice wage rates and conditions Australia-wide.

Refer to the Table below for current Bricklaying Apprenticeship rates, but note that this table does not show Apprentice Overtime Rates. Full rates including Apprentice Overtime are Downloadable at this website, at a link at the bottom of this Page together with other useful information including a national Advice on the Payment of Training Fees and the WA Building Trades Award Employee Summaries.

As the Table below shows, the main criterion for determining a wage rate is based on whether the Apprentice commences at under 21 years of age, or over 21 years of age and on your own State Bricklaying Apprenticeship regulations: being a 3 Year or 4 Year training qualification. Note also that due to a pay change that occurred in 2014, two other factors may be relevant and the appropriate wages are clearly spelt out below: apprentices who started before January 2014 and for more recent commencements, whether they did or did not complete Year 12. Call ABBTF if you need further guidance on 1300 66 44 96.

Conditions of employment for apprentices are set out further down this Page. Note that post-Apprenticeship rates are a function of the Modern Award minimum and the applicable market rates above the minimum. See the Fair Work Link at the base of this page for the Award.

Fair Work Ombudsman – Bricklayer Apprentice Pay Rates at 1 July 2016

Enterprise Bargaining Agreements may apply on certain job sites.
See notes on QLD and WA inclusions/exclusions below.^

COMMENCEMENT AGE UNDER 21 YEARS

3 YEAR APPRENTICESHIP Incl. industry, tool and special allowances, excl. travel allowance Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
HOURLY Rate of Pay  $12.78 $16.94 $20.07
WEEKLY Rate of Pay $485.65 $643.85 $762.49
PLUS Travel Allowance per Day $13.07 $14.82 $15.69
4 YEAR APPRENTICESHIP Incl. industry, tool and special allowances, excl. travel allowance Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Completed Yr 12 starting after 1/1/14
HOURLY Rate of Pay  $12.78 $14.86 $16.94 $20.07
WEEKLY Rate of Pay $485.65 $564.75 $643.85 $762.49
PLUS Travel Allowance per Day $13.07 $14.82 $15.69 $16.56
4 YEAR APPRENTICESHIP Incl. industry, tool and special allowances, excl. travel allowance Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Did Not Complete Yr 12 starting after 1/1/14
HOURLY Rate of Pay  $11.74 $13.82 $16.94 $20.07
WEEKLY Rate of Pay $446.09 $525.19 $643.85 $762.49
PLUS Travel Allowance per Day $13.07 $14.82 $15.69 $16.56
4 YEAR APPRENTICESHIP Incl. industry, tool and special allowances, excl. travel allowance Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Starting before 1/1/14
HOURLY Rate of Pay  $10.70 $12.78 $16.94 $20.07
WEEKLY Rate of Pay $406.55 $485.65 $643.85 $762.49
PLUS Travel Allowance per Day $13.07 $14.82 $15.69 $16.56

COMMENCEMENT AGE 21 YEARS AND OVER – ADULT APPRENTICESHIP

3 OR 4 YEAR APPRENTICESHIP Incl. industry, tool and special allowances, excl. travel allowance Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
HOURLY Rate of Pay  $20.14 $20.14 $20.14 $20.14
WEEKLY Rate of Pay $765.29 $765.29 $765.29 $765.29
PLUS Travel Allowance per Day $13.07 $14.82 $15.69 $16.56

*   Standard Allowances include: Industry, Tool and Special.
** Travel Allowance per Day:
Applies when apprentice makes own travel arrangements to the job site. (Not applicable when attending TAFE/RTO, on annual or personal leave.)
^  QLD
Rates apply if not a Constitutional Corporation.
^  WA  
Rates apply if a Pty Ltd or Ltd Company. If a Sole Trader, Partnership or Not for Profit – State Awards may apply. Call WA Department of Commerce Wageline 1300 655 266 or 08 6251 2100,visit the Department of Commerce website.

Employment and Pay Conditions Applying to the Bricklaying Apprenticeship, Certificate III.

Amendments to Conditions in the Modern Award introduced mid 2014 include:

  1. An apprenticeship is a system of structured on-the-job training with an employer and off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation accessed through a contract of training.
  2. Registered Training Organisation (RTO) means a training organisation registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority or the Western Australia’s Training and Accreditation Council.
  3. Time spent by an apprentice, in attending any training and assessment associated with the training contract is to be regarded as time worked for the employer for the purposes of calculating the apprentice’s wages.
  4. No apprentice will, except in an emergency, work or be required to work overtime at times which would prevent their attendance at the RTO.
  5. All fees charged by an RTO and the cost of all prescribed textbooks for the apprenticeship, which are paid by an apprentice, shall be reimbursed by the employer within six months of commencement of the apprenticeship or within three months of the commencement of training provided by the RTO, whichever is the later, unless there is unsatisfactory progress.
  6. An employer may meet its obligations under this clause by paying any fees and/or costs of textbooks directly to the RTO.
  7. Where an apprentice is required to attend block release training and requires an overnight stay, the employer must pay for the excess reasonable travel costs incurred by the apprentice in the course of traveling to and from such training.
  8. Excess reasonable travel costs includes transportation, accommodation and reasonable expenses incurred while traveling, including meals.
  9. Where a person was employed by an employer immediately prior to becoming an adult apprentice with that employer, such person will not suffer a reduction in the ordinary time hourly rate of pay by virtue of entering into the contract of training.
  10. Shall only apply to employees who have been employed by the employer for at least six months as a full-time weekly or daily hire employee.
  11. Apprentices will only receive the allowances when they attend work and any rostered day off.
  12. Apprentices will not be paid the allowance for days they attend an RTO for training and assessment.
  13. School-based apprentices progress through the relevant wage scale at the rate of 12 months progression for each two years of employment as an apprentice.
  14. The apprentice wage scales are based on a standard full-time apprenticeship or stages of competency based progression.
  15. If an apprentice converts from school-based to full-time, the successful completion of competencies and all time spent as a full-time apprentice will count for the purposes of progression through the relevant wage scale.

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DISCLAIMER: Rates are sourced from the Fair Work Ombudsman. Your situation and the law can change so we encourage you to check with Fair Work, and call 13 13 94 or go here. Other allowances may also be applicable and can also be checked at the Fair Work Ombudsman website under ‘Add further allowances and penalties’. Whilst all care is taken in the preparation of the information on this website, given that ABBTF is relying on the provision of some of the information from an external source, no responsibility can be taken for any inaccuracy in the information and accordingly no liability therefor is accepted by ABBTF.

 

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