​​​​​​Age requiremen​​ts, restricted callings and visa requirements

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Age requi​​​​re​ments

Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. However, there are some apprenticeships and traineeships in occupations that have a higher entry age requirement due to specific legislation related to that industry.

Information regarding the age requirement for individual apprenticeships and traineeships can be obtained from the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

Where the apprentice or trainee is under 18 years of age at the date of signing the training contract, the signed consent of a parent or guardian is required, where appropriate.

The ultimate responsibility for compliance with age requirements that exist and are enforceable under Queensland legislation rests with employers.

School-bas​​ed appren​​​ticeships and traineeships

Additional entry requirements apply to school-based apprenticeships or traineeships. Please refer to ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet​ for further details.

Restricted ​​​ca​llings

Restrictions apply to the rights of employers to employ staff under the age of 18 years to certain jobs, or 'callings'. Employers may not employ a person under the age of 18 years in jobs that appear in the list of restricted callings, unless the prospective employee:

  • has completed a qualification or statement of attainment relevant to the calling; or
  • ​is employed by the employer as an apprentice or trainee in the calling under the registered training contract.

A list of the apprenticeships and traineeships declared as restricted callings​ can be found on the QTIS website.

Citizenship, ​resid​​ency and visa information

As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.

Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships and traineeships provided their work rights allows this, based on information and advice provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Employers have a legal responsibility relating to the residency eligibility for employment and foreign nationals.

For further in​fo​​rmation


  • ​​DIBP on 131 881 to confirm if a visa held by a person allows them to enter an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 for the appropriate industrial relations instrument applying to the trade calling or traineeship occupation
  • Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers on 13 38 73
  • Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

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Last updated
19 December 2016