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Trainees and apprentices

You are required to provide your trainees and apprentices with a discrimination and harassment-free workplace.

In hiring, managing or dismissal, trainees and apprentices should be treated in the same way as other staff.

If you have difficulties with a trainee or apprentice you can get free mediation and dispute resolution from the South Australian Government's Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services.  You can also contact the Office of the Training Advocate.


Katie was an apprentice hairdresser. During her three months probation either she or the employer could cancel the training contract. Just before the end of the three months, Katie's boss told her the apprenticeship could not continue because some of the clients were disturbed by Katie being a lesbian. Although Katie was still on probation, she could claim that she was discriminated against because of her sexuality.

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