Apprentice labour hire

Take the hard work our of recruitment, onboarding and contract administration. Access highly skilled, motivated staff who exceed industry standards.

Master Plumbers operates a Registered Group Training Organisation (GTO) dedicated to recruit and train plumbing apprentices, Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria (PAV). All staff are hand-picked, trained and managed by Master Plumbers and are hired to you for the duration needed.

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Current Opportunities

Plumbing Apprenticeships Victoria are seeking motivated host organisations to take on Plumbing Apprentices for a 3 -12 month contract. In return, we have rebates that we will offer your organisation. Please see below.

(employed on a Big Build site - rebate is a minimum of $28,093 over a 12-month period)

On top of the BAC rebate for 1st years, we have a further $11,500 in funding for anyone that wants to take on a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) apprentice, people living in Australia who were born overseas, or people living in Australia who have a parent or grandparent born overseas, and are predominately from non-English speaking or non-Western countries) or a female apprentice.

You must take the apprentice on for a minimum of 3 months to obtain the $6,500 + GST rebate or 12 months to receive the full $11,500 + GST rebate.

Sample cost:

  • This further reduces the $23,124 out of pocket expense for an apprentice down to $11,624 over a 12-month period.
  • Total rebate is around $28,093 over a 12-month period

GTO Eligibility

The Construction Skills Pathway Program (CSPP) is open to GTOs recognised by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) as GTOs, approved for GTO funding by the DET. 

CSPP apprentice and/or trainee placements are to include Victoria’s Big Build Projects, including TAFE Demonstration Projects and Big Build Integration Projects (BBIPs) and any other Victorian publicly funded project, with a focus on projects over $20million and connected to the Major Project Skills Guarantee (MPSG).

  • 5 places / opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
  • 5 places / opportunities for woman

Note: rebate is an estimate based on current rates and may slightly vary.

Jeff Rowden: 0438 287 491

Anne Boyle: 0487 433 828

Tori Tomkins: 0497 354 117

Dean Arundell: 0439 481 274

Duration of hire and rates

Businesses can hire apprentices at any year level for the minimum duration of three weeks, and return them with a week’s notice. This gives you the ultimate control in staffing flexibility.

Our rates include all on-costs so you only pay when they are working and productive on the job, having all entitlements, trade school fees, workers compensation premiums and costs rolled into a single simple hourly rate you can easily on-charge to your client.

Charge Out Rates - Apprentice Hire Rates (Award)

Year Level Normal Time Overtime Fares & Travel
Invoiced Rate Discounted Rates Time & Half (Invoiced Rate) Double Time (Invoiced Rate) Daily Charge (Invoiced Rate)
Member paid within 14 days (-5%) Non-Member paid within 14 days (-2.5%)
1st $32.90 $31.26 $32.08 $36.52 $48.69 $22.45
2nd $43.50 $41.33 $42.41 $43.70 $56.97 $23.23
3rd $47.10 $44.75 $45.92 $47.10 $61.11 $23.62
4th $50.50 $47.98 $49.24 $58.25 $77.67 $25.18

Download Vic Award Rates July 2023 Note: Rates effective 1 July 2023. All rates exclude GST 

Year Level Normal Time Overtime Fares & Travel
Invoiced Rate Discounted Rates Time & Half (Invoiced Rate) Double Time (Invoiced Rate) Daily Charge (Invoiced Rate)
Member paid within 14 days (-5%) Non-Member paid within 14 days (-2.5%)
1st $39.10 $34.20 $35.10 $54.68 $72.90 $24.73
2nd $46.15 $43.84 $45.00 $54.68 $72.90 $24.73
3rd $47.10 $44.75 $45.92 $54.68 $72.90 $24.73
4th $50.50 $47.98 $49.24 $58.25 $77.67 $25.18

Download Vic Award Rates July 2032 Note: Rates effective 1 July 2023. All rates exclude GST 

  • Normal Time rates are charged to the Host only when the apprentice is available to work on the job
    The above rate is not charged when the apprentice is at Trade School, for public holidays, RDO’s, personal leave, annual leave, sick leave or whilst on work cover. 
  • Normal Time rates are all inclusive for ordinary hours and cover employment related costs such as superannuation, leave loading, protective clothing, Incolink portable sick leave, Co-Invest and work cover premiums
  • Minimum daily charge for an ordinary hour’s workday is eight hours
  • Inclement Weather is charged at Normal Time rates

All allowances payable to the apprentice in accordance with the Award are charged to the Host at the cost plus 13%. This includes:

  • Fares and Travel allowances
  • Site, Height, Meal and other allowances
  • Travel during the day and beyond the 50km radius (radius based on their centre of employment – based either in Geelong, Brunswick or Narre Warren), or a Host Employer premises in a major regional city eg Ballarat, Bendigo.

Charge Out Rates - Construction Sector (EBA) Host Employers

Year Level Normal Time Overtime Fares & Travel
Invoiced Rate Discounted Rates Time & Half (Invoiced Rate) Double Time (Invoiced Rate) Daily Charge (Invoiced Rate)
Member paid within 14 days (-5%) Member paid between 15 & 45 days (-2.5%) Non-Member paid within 14 days (-2.5%)
1st $50.30 $47.83 $49.09 $49.09 $45.36 $60.48 $31.82
2nd $67.80 $64.41 $66.11 $66.11 $65.12 $86.82 $34.31
3rd $83.00 $78.85 $80.93 $80.93 $81.72 $108.96 $36.39
4th $90.00 $85.50 $87.75 $87.75 $103.95 $138.60 $39.18

Download Vic EBA Rates March 2022.  Note: Rates effective 1 March 2022. All rates exclude GST 

  • Normal Time rates are charged to the Host only when the apprentice is available to work on the job.
    The above rate is not charged when the apprentice is at Trade School, for public holidays, RDO’s, personal leave, annual leave, sick leave or whilst on work cover. 
  • Normal Time rates are all inclusive for ordinary hours and cover employment related costs such as superannuation, leave loading, protective clothing, Incolink portable sick leave, Co-Invest and work cover premiums.
  • Minimum daily charge for an ordinary hour’s workday is eight hours.
  • Inclement Weather is charged at Normal Time rates

All allowances payable to the apprentice in accordance with the EBA are charged to the Host at the cost plus 13%.

  • Fares and Travel allowances
  • Site, Height, Meal and other allowances
  • Travel during the day and beyond the 75km radius (radius based on the Apprentice’s centre of employment – Geelong, Narre Warren or Brunswick), or a Host Employer premises in a major regional city eg Ballarat, Bendigo).

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How to become a Host Employer

Click on the link below to complete our application to become a PAV Host Employer and send us through certificates of currency for your Public Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance.