Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships are available to anyone of working age. 

Training Contract 

A training contract is a formal training agreement between the employer and the apprentice/trainee that protects the interest of both parties.

This outlines the qualification to be undertaken along with the obligations of the Employer and the Apprentice/Trainee.

Click the image below to watch a video on some tips on supervising your Apprentice.

Apprenticeship Network Providers 

(ANPS) – contracted by the Australian Government to provide both apprentices and employers with information about apprenticeship pathways, as well as:

  • Conduct Training Contract sign up's
  • Provide information on Incentives and Payments for Employers & Apprentices
  • Assist with Apprenticeship placements
  • Work with State Training Authority’s to provide an integrated service
  • Work closely with RTO’s, GTO’s, Job Services Australia providers (JSA) and Schools.

Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Is a vocational education organisation that provides students with training that results in qualifications and statements of attainment that are nationally recognised and accepted by industry and other educational institutions throughout Australia.

Group Training Organisation (GTO) 

Group Training is an alternative employment arrangement for Australian Apprentices and employers where a Group Training Organisation (known as a GTO) recruits potential and/or existing Australian Apprentices under an Apprenticeship / Traineeship Training Contract and places them with ‘host’ employers while they undertake their training.


State Training Authority - is the government department in each State or Territory responsible for the operation of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system (including Australian Apprenticeships) within that jurisdiction.

How to get started

STEP 1 - Finding the right Apprentice / Trainee for your business

The hard part is finding the right trainee / apprentice for your business who is keen, hardworking and reliable.  Take your time during the hiring process to ensure that candidates have a clear understanding of your business and business work ethics, and how their role as a trainee/apprentice fits into your workplace.  Once this is done, it gets a little easier.

STEP 2 - Contact your ANP

Contact your Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) or if you don't currently have one, you can visit to find an ANP in your local area.  The ANP representative can then schedule a workplace visit to discuss:

Once you have met with your ANP and it has been determined that both the business and the Apprentice meet the eligibility requirements for the Australian Apprenticeship Program, you will then move on to the Sign Up stage.

STEP 3 - Training Contract Sign Up!!

Your ANP will draw up the Training Contract and Training Plan Proposal to be signed by the Employer and the apprentice.

At this stage you will need to advise the ANP representative that you wish to use ACFA as your preferred training provider.

The training contract will then be lodged with the State Training Authority in your state.

The Training Plan Proposal (TPP) will be sent to ACFA to be reviewed and approved, this is how we are notified of the new training contract.

STEP 4 - ACFA Training Enrolment

Once ACFA has been notified of the new Training Contract our Student Liaison Officer will then contact your business and the student via phone to schedule a visit to commence the enrolment process for the apprenticeship. Currently, we are conducting most of our enrolment visits online or via correspondence. 

STEP 5 - Enrolment


Your online enrolment application and enrolment paperwork will be completed at the enrolment visit with the Student Liaison Officer. Both the employer and student will also receive an Induction Pack.

This application requires the student to enter their personal details and information required for them to enrol into their chosen qualification. The business will be sent an email with an Employer Details Form to complete and return.

Learning Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

This is designed to determine the students learning levels prior to commencement of training and to enable ACFA to provide appropriate support to them with any specific learning difficulties identified.

Prior to enrolment, ACFA will request participants undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment as per the Australian Core Skills Foundations (ACSF) requirements. The assessment identifies participant’s core skills in Reading, Writing and Numeracy to assist with targeting areas of learning that may require additional learner support and, in some cases, participants who are unable to reach the benchmark required to undertake a course at the level in which they are seeking enrolment.

The initial assessment is completed online through LLN Robot. Participants will be assessed to ACSF Level 3. Participants requiring enrolment in a Certificate III qualification will require a minimum outcome of Level 2 in each core skill. Participants requiring enrolment in a Certificate II qualification will require a minimum outcome of Level 1 in each core skill.

If the benchmark is not achieved in the LLN Robot assessment, an additional paper-based assessment will be provided to the participant to complete. Along with an informal discussion, ACFA representative can determine eligibility and learner support requirements. If ineligible to enrol in the level in which seeking enrolment, a lower level enrolment will be recommended.


Once ACFA has received the students completed enrolment paperwork, and evaluated their support needs. Depending on the relevant state funding requirements, if applicable, the first semester invoice will be emailed to both the employer and student.

Please refer to the Fees and Funding page to determine the cost, as each states funding initiatives vary. For funded NSW students you will receive a Smart and Skilled Notification of Enrolment which details the full course subsidies.

If an invoice is required, once it has been paid, the student will be given free access to their learning resources online, however they also have the option to choose hard copy (pre-printed) learner resources for an additional fee.

STEP 6 - Student Commencement

At your enrolment visit, you will be instructed & trained on how to use our Learning Management System so that you can commence the online component of your first two Units of Competency (UOC).

Contact us if you have any questions please feel free to contact our Administration Team on 1300 342 248 or email [email protected]