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Skills Tasmania

Travel and accommodation allowance for apprentices and trainees

Travel and accommodation allowances are available to apprentices and trainees who are required to travel, either within Tasmania or interstate, to attend training with their Registered Training Organisation.

The allowances are designed to contribute to the cost of travel and accommodation, but may not cover full costs. The allowances are only available to apprentices and trainees who are on a training contract registered in Tasmania.

Eligibility criteria

The Travel and Accommodation Allowance Policy Statement and Guidelines | PDF 189KB details the eligibility requirements, allowance rates, capping of payments and other information.

1What do the allowances cover?

The allowances for attending training within Tasmania covers:

  • Travel – when the apprentice or trainee needs to travel more than 21 kms each way to attend training.
  • Accommodation – where the apprentice or trainee is required to be away overnight, more than 40 kilometres from their usual place of residence, to attend training.

The allowances for attending training interstate covers:

  • Travel – airport transfers plus the cost of economy airfares as booked by Skills Tasmania.
  • Accommodation – where the apprentice or trainee is required to be away overnight from their usual place of residence to attend training.

Skills Tasmania offer a booking service for interstate air travel. We will contact you to discuss your travel arrangements around 6-8 weeks prior to your travel dates. Please note we do not offer a booking service for accommodation for training  - you are required to book and pay for your accommodation yourself.

For full details of eligibility and rates please refer to the Travel and Accommodation Allowance Policy Statement and Guidelines | PDF 189KB.

Please note this allowance is unrelated to the Australian Government allowance paid to apprentices and trainees living away from home to work outside their regional area. More information on that allowance can be found here.

2Attending training in Tasmania

If you are eligible to claim the allowances, your nominated RTO will submit your claim form for you. You do not need to tell Skills Tasmania that you are going to claim the allowances.

A Travel and Accommodation Allowance Claim Form (PDF) (WORD) must be completed, authorised by your RTO and sent to Skills Tasmania by your RTO within four weeks of completing each of your training sessions. Please speak to your RTO if you aren't sure if your claim form has been lodged.

All claims are assessed by Skills Tasmania against the eligibility requirements before being paid. You will be notified if your claim is not approved.

If your claim is approved, the allowances will be paid directly into your nominated bank account.

3Attending training interstate

Where you are required to travel interstate to attend training, Skills Tasmania will, in consultation with you, book and pay for your flights. We will also pay any accommodation and associated travel entitlements directly into your nominated bank account. You do not need to have your RTO lodge a form to be paid.

Skills Tasmania will contact your RTO to confirm training dates before your flights are booked.

As flight are booked in advance you will need to contact Skills Tasmania to confirm flight details, no less than, two weeks prior to your scheduled training.

You will need to book and pay for your own accommodation prior to your training dates

Need more information?

Email travelclaims@skills.tas.gov.au or phone Skills Tasmania on 03 6165 6055