​The training contract is used in all states and territories and is a legally binding agreement between you and your employer. It protects your interests and obligations, as well as those of your employer. The training contract must be fully completed by you, a parent or legal guardian if you are under 18 years of age, and your employer.

The training contract covers:

  • the duration of the contract
  • details of the registered training organisation (RTO) that will deliver the training
  • industrial arrangements under which you will be employed
  • the qualification to be obtained
  • employment arrangements, for example full-time or part-time.

Probation period

The probation period depends on the qualification level:

  • Certificate 2 level - one month probation from the start of the training contract
  • Certificate 3 and above - three months' probation from the start of the training contract.

Once probation is completed, you and your employer are bound by the training contract. The contract can be transferred, suspended, cancelled or varied by mutual agreement between you and your employer. If changes to the training contract are required, contact Australian Apprenticeships NT.

Cancellation

Applications to cancel by mutual consent can be coordinated by Australian Apprenticeships NT. You cannot be forced to cancel a training contract.

Suspension

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be suspended if you and your employer agree. Suspensions may be necessary due to lack of work or the need for either party to take an extended period of time off as a result of injury or illness. You cannot be forced to suspend a training contract. A suspension can be with or without pay.

Variations to the training contract or training plan

You and your employer can apply to have the training contract or the training plan varied. All parties must agree to the variation. This could include:

  • an amendment to the term of the contract
  • changes to the type of apprenticeship or traineeship
  • a different qualification
  • a change to the type of employment arrangement
  • a different RTO
  • a different type of training delivery.

Any request to vary a training contract or training plan should be coordinated by Australian Apprenticeships NT. The request needs to be made in writing and signed by all parties. An application to vary a training plan must be endorsed by the RTO.