Incentives and Assistance

For your apprentice or trainee

Apprenticeship Support Officers

Apprenticeship Support Officers (ASOs) give support and guidance to eligible apprentices, aged 15 to 24, in the first year of their apprenticeship.

The ASO program aims to increase the rates of apprenticeship completion by providing targeted support to apprentices in the early stages of their apprenticeship. It is in these early stages that the apprentice is most at risk of cancelling the apprenticeship.

An ASO will contact you to discuss support available to your apprentice through the program.

Regulatory Field Services

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is responsible for regulating apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria.

Authorised Officers

Authorised officers, engaged by the VRQA, visit workplaces to talk to apprentices, trainees and their employers to help make sure the obligations under a training contract are being met.

For more information about the VRQA and authorised officers, see: Regulatory field se

Apprenticeship Travel

Some modern awards require employers to pay excess costs incurred for travel by their apprentices to attend block release training or to reimburse tuition fees. To find out whether you are covered by such an award:

50% off car registration for eligible trade apprentices 

Effective 1 January 2016   

Are you or somebody you know a trade apprentice? You could be eligible for a 50% discount on your 12-month car registration from the 1st of January 2016.


To claim a trade apprentice discount, the applicant must:

  • be registered as an apprentice with the Victorian Registrations Qualification Authority (VRQA) in an eligible course
  • be the registered operator of the light motor vehicle(motorcycles, trailers and mobile plant are excluded)
  • not already have a concession applied to the vehicle(except for discounts for hybrid and electric passenger vehicles)
  • be using the vehicle for work purposes, including travellingto multiple and varied work sites (this does not include commuting or travel to and from a single work site)
  • hold a current driver licence
  • not already have a trade apprentice discount applied on another vehicle.

How to apply

For registrations due on or after 1 January 2016, trade apprentices can check their eligibility and apply online at vic roads after receiving their renewal notice.

Apprentices will need to provide their Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)registration number, vehicle registration number and driver licence number to apply. The use of a vehicle for work purposes will be verified with the apprentice's employer.

For more information, see vicroads

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