Important changes to apprentice travel, accommodation allowance and guidelines

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In September last year, the South Australian Government announced that employers of apprentices in regional areas would receive a funding boost from the Government’s Skilling South Australia initiative in regards to travel allowances.

This allowance is a contribution only and is not intended to cover the total travel and accommodation costs. Any additional travel and accommodation costs incurred as a result of an apprentice or trainee attending off the job training may be the responsibility of the employer.

Previously, applications could be lodged for this subsidy to be paid into apprentice bank accounts. Now employers must lodge an application and payment will be made to the employer to forward to the apprentice.

The guidelines are set out below:

  • Employers must lodge an Application for Travel and Accommodation Allowance for Apprentices and Trainees at the commencement of the semester / year, or no later than sixty days after completing the training for which the allowance is being claimed. The call up notice issued by the RTO must be attached to the application. Applications can only be submitted via email to
  • Travel allowances are based on a pre-determined rate depending on the distance travelled from the place of residence (Residential Address) of the apprentice or trainee:
  • Accommodation allowances (weekends and public holidays that occur within a training block will be included for calculating entitlement).

  • Intrastate - 30c per kilometre for the shortest practical route
  • Interstate – calculated on a set rate based on an economy airfare
  • Intrastate - $60 per day
  • Interstate - $110 per day for pre-approved training delivered in other states

Note: Residential Address is where the apprentice or trainee normally resides. Residential Address is not the address where the apprentice or trainee lives while away working. For example, an apprentice resides in Norwood, Adelaide (Residential Address) and lives in Olympic Dam while working (works for two weeks at Olympic Dam and one week off home at Norwood, Adelaide).

No receipts are required for travel and accommodation costs incurred.

The maximum allowance payable for each apprentice or trainee per calendar year is limited to eight return trips and accommodation for 48 days. Travel and Accommodation Allowance for Apprentices and Trainees Guidelines, September 2018 Page 2

If the employer together with the apprentice or trainee selects a RTO that is not the closest provider offering the qualification, an allowance will only be paid for the distance that would be travelled to attend the closest provider.

Most eligible claims will be paid two to four weeks prior to the training being delivered.

All allowances will be paid via electronic funds transfer.

For more information about how you and your apprentice can access these allowances, click here.

To check your apprentice’s eligibility, click here.

Hosts and apprentices can also call Skills and Employment on 1800 673 097.