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Supervising Your Apprentice

Taking on an apprentice is an exciting opportunity for you. Not only will you contribute to the development of a future tradesperson but you will support the future of our industry. However, there are a number of supervisory responsibilities that are required of you. These responsibilities will ensure the health and safety of your new apprentice.
To help you meet your supervisory requirements, Master Builders have developed these guidelines.

Your Requirements
To supervise an apprentice, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a valid Australian Business Number
  • Not be deemed a Prohibited Employer as defined in the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act (2001), Section 14.3
  • Be suitably qualified to employ a person who holds a qualification equal to or greater than the qualification the Apprentice or Trainee is learning. For example, for a carpentry apprentice, the supervisor of the apprentice must hold a Carpentry qualification (Certificate III in Carpentry), or higher-level qualification in the same field

Ratio of Supervisor to Apprentice
Master Builders recommends the following maximum allowable ratios of Supervisor to Apprentice:

Year/Stage of Apprenticeship Ratio Supervisor: Master Builders Apprentice (maximum)
1 or 2 1:1
3 or 4 1:3


Level of Supervision
Master Builders recommends the following guide for the minimum level of supervision of your apprentice:

Year/Stage of Apprenticeship
1 2 3 4
Supervision Level Direct Direct General General
Any High-risk Work Direct Direct Direct Direct

Direct Supervision: means the apprentice must be supervised at all times. This is on a direct and constant basis with visual contact and with the apprentice within audible range. The supervision is one-on-one and provides specific and constant guidance to the apprentice while keeping them in line of sight.

General Supervision: means the apprentice does not require the constant attendance of the Supervisor but is under the instruction and direction of the Supervisor for the tasks being performed. The Supervisor will provide the necessary instruction and direction for the tasks to be performed and will provide personal contact and progressive checks with the apprentice on a recurrent (periodic) basis.

Under General Supervision, the Supervisor must remain on the same work site as the Apprentice and be available to communicate with them directly when required (this does not mean by phone).


Need an apprentice? Master Builders can help you will all your apprenticeship needs. Contact us on 8586 3533.

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This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) and you.

MBANSW is the registered Group Training Organisation and Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)

“You”, “your” and “Training Employer” refer to you, your company and business nominated in the table below.

This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between MBANSW and you.

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

  • Your nominated account or credit card will be debited weekly for hosting a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
  • The first debit to your account will occur within 7 working days of the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee commencing their placement with your business.
  • If an invoice payment is due on a non-business day, it will be debited from your account on the following business day.
  • Training Employer account information held by MBANSW will be kept confidential. Please note that some information is provided to the MBANSW financial institution to initiate the debit to your nominated account.
  • MBANSW will give you a minimum of 14 days’ notice in writing of changes to these Terms and Conditions.
  • If you wish to make changes to this arrangement, please contact MBANSW on (02) 8586 3533.

Your responsibility in this arrangement

  • Ensure that your nominated account can accept direct debits (your financial institution can confirm this).
  • Ensure there are sufficient cleared funds in the nominated account on the drawing date.
  • Advise MBANSW in writing if the nominated account is transferred or closed.

Please note that if your payment is dishonoured by your financial institution, a re-draw will take place within 7 days.

Any transaction fees payable by MBANSW in respect to a dishonoured payment will be added to your account.


Please direct all enquiries to MBAS (02) 8586 3533 or apprenticeship@mbansw.asn.au;

Please include your phone and email address.

I/We authorise MBANSW to arrange for funds to be debited from my/our nominated account at the financial institution identified below.

This authority to direct debit will remain in place in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.