Get help with training contracts, and matters such as work health and safety, and bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Regulation and Contract Management
Regulation and Contract Management is a Government of South Australia service within the Department for Industry and Skills (DIS). It provides assistance and advice to South Australian apprentices and trainees and their employers at all stages of an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Regulation and Contract Management has expert staff who can either advise you over the phone or visit you at work.
Call Regulation and Contract Management on 1800 673 097 or read the Interested in a Traineeship or Apprenticeship flyer which can answer most questions.
Safety in the workplace
As South Australia's work health and safety agency, SafeWork SA regulates, promotes and encourages safe, fair and productive working lives. Employers, apprentices and trainees can find out more about work health and safety at www.safework.sa.gov.au or by calling 1300 365 255.
Young people are more likely to be injured at work and are often unfamiliar with workplace hazards and safety procedures, including their rights regarding working conditions. The SafeWork SA website provides information and resources for young workers about working conditions and their work health and safety.
If you are subjected to workplace bullying and harassment, support is available. See Bullying and harassment for more information on how to prevent and deal with workplace bullying.
Mental health and wellbeing
A mentally healthy workplace can have a positive impact on productivity, performance and staff retention.
Groups like Mates in Construction help to reduce suicide and improve mental health within the construction industry. If you work in the construction industry and need support, contact Mates in Construction on 1300 MIC 111 (1300 642 111) or visit www.matesinconstruction.com.au for more information.
Beyond Blue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community. Downloadable workplace resources and an online training module for managers and employees can be accessed through their website at www.beyondblue.org.au.
Office of the Training Advocate
The Office of the Training Advocate (OTA) provides confidential support and advice to all apprentices and trainees. It is a support service which can refer you to specialised help about your training both on and off-job.
You can remain anonymous when contacting the OTA.
Call the OTA or visit them at Level 5, 131-139 Grenfell Street, Adelaide (corner of Grenfell Street and Hyde Street Adelaide). Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (excluding public holidays).
Visit the Office of the Training Advocate for further information.
School-based trainees and apprentices
Your school vocational education and training (VET) coordinator or Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) apprenticeship broker (if you go to a public school), are sources of information for anything relating to school-based apprenticeships or traineeships. If you don’t know who they are, ask at your school’s reception.
They receive information from industries and employers if there are apprenticeship or traineeship vacancies; some schools advertise these in their newsletters, school intranets or bulletin boards.
The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program
The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program (AAP) can connect you with Aboriginal people who are looking to do an apprenticeship or traineeship in South Australia.
See Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program for more information about the AAP.