Jump to Share article Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Email Share link via email Jump to heading This information resource is for private sector employees in Western Australia. It is general information only and not intended to be a substitute for legal advice. By using the information on this page, you agree to our full disclaimer. There are two systems of employment law in Western Australia: a state system and a national system. While this information resource is suitable for both state system employees and national system employees, it will help you to know which system of employment law you are covered by. If you are unsure, please see our publication Q&A: State or national for WA employees. This resource covers employees that combine work with study for a qualification. In this resource we will refer to these employees as apprentices. This term covers both apprentices and trainees unless otherwise stated. Key points Apprentices have different rights to other employees. As a WA apprentice, you will have a training contract and an employment contract. Both contracts will include your legal rights and obligations. You will have different pay rates to non-apprentice employees. You should check if you are covered by an award or agreement in your work or industry. Awards and agreements can provide you with better entitlements on top of your contract. These entitlements include pay, hours of work and allowances. You can also get support from your Australian Apprenticeship Support Provider or the Apprenticeship Office. Are you an apprentice? In Western Australia you are an apprentice if you combine: employment; and study for a qualification under a registered training contract. This will involve: training with a registered training organisation (such as a TAFE or trade school); practical work experience; and on the job training. You should have a training contract signed by your employer and registered with the Apprenticeship Office. Information about the Apprenticeship Office can be found here: https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office. If you don’t have a registered training contract, then this Q&A may not apply to you. If you still need help you should consider seeking legal advice from Circle Green here.