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Leave entitlements for apprentices.

There are workplace laws that apply to all employees. As an apprentice, you are entitled to the same minimum entitlements as other employees. These include annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, and breaks as per the National Employment Standards.

Awards and collective agreements can also have different entitlements or agreements for apprentices depending on the industry and/or the employer, such as an RDO (Rostered Day off)

You can check if your employer is covered under an agreement here: Find an enterprise agreement | Fair Work Commission (

Types of Leave entitlements for apprentices:

  • Parental leave – up to 12 months unpaid leave per employee, as well as the right to request an additional 12 months leave.
  • Annual leave – four weeks paid leave per year.
  • Personal/carer’s leave, compassionate leave and family and domestic violence leave – up to 10 days per year paid.
  • Personal/carer’s leave (sometimes called sick leave), two days unpaid carer’s leave, two days compassionate leave as required and five days unpaid family and domestic violence leave (in a 12 month period)
  • Community service leave – unpaid leave for voluntary emergency management activities and leave for jury service.
  • Long service leave – paid leave for employees who have been with the same employer for a long time.
  • Public holidays – an entitlement to a day off on a public holiday, unless reasonably requested to work.
  • Notice of termination and redundancy pay – up to five weeks notice of termination and up to 16 weeks redundancy pay.