Dear Colleague 

The NSW Government has announced a review of Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW.

The review is broad, with a key emphasis on increasing the ‘flexibility’ of apprenticeships and traineeships.  The review is guided by a position paper which has been released by the Department of Industry and includes 47 questions (attached). The Review consists of written submissions and consultation meetings.

Unions NSW has organised a meeting of affiliates for 11.30am, Wednesday 17 August, Unions NSW Executive Boardroom to discuss the Government’s position paper and union areas of concern. 

Consultation meeting

A formal consultation meeting between the Department and Unions at 11am, Friday 26 August, Level 12, 1 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. If your union is able to attend the consultation, can you please RSVP to

Written submission

Written submissions are due on 19 September 2016.

The position paper released by the NSW Government outlines a number of areas where the quality of apprenticeships and traineeships and industrial entitlements could be seriously undermined. The NSW Government has made significant funding cuts to vocational education over the last 5 years, which appear to have already had impacts on the uptake and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships. There is concern the Government will use this review as a mechanism to further deregulate vocational education in NSW. 

The areas covered by the review:

  1. Providing flexibility in training arrangements
  2. Alternative models for apprenticeships and traineeships
  3. Establishing apprenticeships and traineeships
  4. Training contracts are binding
  5. Rule and responsibilities
  6. The Development of a training plan
  7. Cancellation of apprenticeships and traineeships
  8. Certification
  9. Registration of group training organisations
  10. Dealing with disputes, complaints and appeals
  11. Sanctions
  12. Trade recognition
  13. The Regulation

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via email or on 0422 483 280.

Kind regards,

Kate Minter, Research Officer

Unions NSW

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