Hi guys, I've been considering undertaking an electrical apprenticeship. I'm going to try to find some work experience this summer, and if it seems like it fits, I'll find myself a job in the new year. I had a couple of questions about pay for beginning apprentices. I am turning 21 in December this year. One interesting fact I've discovered, is that in SA, the state award mandates first year adult apprentices are paid at the minimum wage. This comes to a base wage of $546.65. Sources: http://roxbydowns.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/columns/apprentices-in-the-money/665576.aspx http://www.industrialcourt.sa.gov.au/index.cfm?objectid=2094263E-E7F2-2F96-3BB99A2194E8F13B At the age of 21 I would be an adult apprentice, and eligible for this relatively attractive wage. The question I have is, do any other states have similar adult apprenticeship systems? From what I can tell here: http://www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au/awards/controller.jsp?awardCode=180&view=document http://www.workplaceauthority.gov.au/docs/Payconditions/2008ePSS/AN120192.pdf There is no award based adult apprenticeship system in NSW, and I would be earning about half what I could earn in SA. Of course what happens under the state award, and the conditions that actually exist in workplaces are different things. From what I have gathered from various media sources, employees are commonly paid above award wages. Many heavily-unionised businesses operate under separate, non award based wage schemes, which offer a lot better wages than the award, and do compensate adult apprentices. What are people actually paid out there, and what are my chances of scoring an above award job? Basically, what I want to know is, should I move to SA?