​​Interstate appren​tices and trainees

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Interstate residents who have served part of their apprenticeship or traineeship interstate and move to Queensland may recommence their training in Queensland. Conversely, apprentices and trainees registered in Queensland may wish to move interstate to complete training.

Interstate residence​ but working in Queensland

Registration of a training contract for an apprentice or trainee whose everyday workplace address is not in Queensland will not be approved for registration with the Department of Education and Training.

An apprentice or trainee can have an interstate residential and/or postal address and still be registered with the department, if the physical workplace address is in Queensland and the apprentice or trainee works at that address.

For example if the residential address is in Murwillumbah, New South Wales and the physical work address is in Coolangatta, Queensland.

Where a group training organisation (GTO) is the employer, the address of the GTO is shown as the workplace address. However, where the workplace address of a host employer is not located in Queensland, the training contract cannot be registered in Queensland.

Interstate appren​tices or trainees moving to Queensland

Apprentices and trainees who have partly completed their apprenticeship or traineeship interstate can recommence their training in Queensland, so long as it is the same trade calling or traineeship occupation. Credit may be given for 'time served' interstate and applied against the nominal term of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

To apply for credit the interstate apprentice or trainee will need to provide an Extract of Service issued by the former state training authority and a Statement of Attainment from the former interstate training organisation, at the time of signing the new training contract.

Apprentices and trainees who were previously registered in New South Wales or Victoria are not required to obtain a copy of their Extract of Service as the Department of Education and Training will contact the former state training authority for details.

It is the responsibility of the employer, apprentice or trainee and the training organisation:

  • to negotiate the training plan;
  • establish a re-entry point; and
  • determine the training needed for the apprentice or trainee to complete.

The employer and apprentice or trainee need to ensure a new training contract is signed and the employer needs to ensure the relevant wage entitlement is paid.

Queensland registere​​d apprentice or trainee moving interstate

Apprentices and trainees who are moving interstate and wish to complete their apprenticeship or traineeship in another state or territory will require an Extract of Service issued by the Department of Education and Training in order to have their 'time served' recognised. 

There may be instances where an apprentice or trainee is required to move interstate for a short period of time:

  • The apprentice or trainee's employer is Queensland-based and is awarded a short term contract in another state.
  • ​The apprentice or trainee is a Queenslan​d-based employee of a national company and is required to work at one of the employer's interstate locations for a short period of time.​

In these instances, a long as the move is not permanent, this is not considered as a move interstate and the training contract in Queensland can continue.

For further inform​ation

To register an apprenticeship or traineeship:


  • Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to discuss wages and employment conditions
  • Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

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Last updated
19 December 2016