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The Australian Government has put in place arrangements that give apprentices access to the following fortnightly payments delivered by Centrelink:

  • Youth Allowance
  • Austudy
  • Abstudy

For more information call Centrelink's apprentice line on 13 36 33, or apply online at

You may also be elligible for a living away from home allowance.

The Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) is an allowance provided by the Australian Government to help Australian Apprentices including Australian School-based
Apprentices who have to live away from their family home. The allowance is available to eligible Australian Apprentices during the first three years of their training.

How much will I be paid?
Australian Apprentices eligible to receive the allowance receive $77.17 a week for up to 12 months, $38.59 a week for a further 12 months and $25 a week for a third 12 months.

For more information contact your Australian Apprenticeships Centre, call the
Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73 or visit theAustralian Apprenticeships website at:

Tool Allowance

Depending on what your trade is and the industrial instrument that covers you, you may be entitled to a tool allowance from your employer. This can be in the form of a weekly payment, a lump sum on achievement of an apprenticeship level or the supply of tools.

Want to find out more or check your entitlement?
Call your union today on 1300 732 698.

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