An Andrews Labor Government will halve the cost of car registration for apprentice tradies so they can afford more tools and training.

The Liberals have made life much harder for apprentices, scrapping a $5500 tool allowance and closing TAFE campuses right across Victoria.

Meanwhile, car registration costs are at record levels. The standard registration fee for a light vehicle in metropolitan Melbourne is $757.70 a year.

Under Labor’s $26.5 million plan, Victorian trades apprentices will be eligible for a 50 per cent discount on their car registration rate. For those paying standard registration for metropolitan Melbourne this will mean a discount of $378.85 per year.

To be eligible for the registration discount, apprentices will need to demonstrate that they are among the 15,200 apprentices in Victoria who require a car for their job.

Ms Graley said that the Liberals had put the boot into local tradesmen, leaving them out of pocket and unable to secure further training or skills.

“We should be providing our young people, our apprentices with the opportunity to secure the skills they need, not making it that much harder for them to get a start in life,”

“We will ensure our tradies can not only afford the tools and training they need, but to drive themselves to work each and every day too.”

Key Facts 

  • An apprentice’s  employer would need to verify that their vehicle is a necessary requirement to fulfil the functions of their job. Eligible trades fully funded under Labor’s plan include: bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians and plumbers.
  • Select apprenticeships outside these trades who use their car for work will be eligible to apply, however employers would need to demonstrate a vehicle is an essential part of their work.
  • The Napthine Government also cut the Apprenticeship Accommodation Allowance and the Apprentice/Trainee Completion Bonus.