Become a Group Training Organisation

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employ apprentices and trainees and work with host employers to take them on. 

GTOs help businesses take on apprentices and trainees

GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and place them with host businesses who provide work and on-job training.

GTOs take care of employer responsibilities such as recruitment, managing apprentice wages, superannuation and leave. The GTO supports apprentices and host employers throughout the apprenticeship.

How to become a GTO

You need to be registered as an employer of apprentices and trainees in South Australia, have a permanent physical presence here, and show you comply with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations.

Next steps

  1. Read the National Standards for GTOs Registration Guide South Australia (Word)
  2. Submit a GTO Application
  3. We will organise a meeting with you to explain registration requirements, funding opportunities and next steps
  4. Submit the National Standards for GTOs Compliance Report Audit Template (Word)
  5. Participate in our compliance audit. We review your self-assessment against the National Standards for GTOs through a desktop audit, site visit, and interviews with apprentices, trainees and host employers.

Apply to become a GTO

To apply for Group Training Registration in South Australia, see Apply to become a GTO

Funding for GTOs

GTOs that have achieved recognition under the National Standards may attract SA Government funding through programs such as:

  • South Australian Group Training Program (SAGTP), a program that supports the provision of pastoral care arrangements for apprentices and trainees employed by eligible GTOs in areas of State priority, and for targeted groups; and
  • Group Training Organisation Support (Payroll Tax Assistance) Program (GTO Support), a program that provides eligible GTOs with funds commensurate with the Payroll Tax liability incurred by the GTO for apprentices and trainees.

The current SAGTP Guidelines are available here: SAGTP Guidelines 2021-2022

For further information about funding opportunities, GTOs are encouraged to contact

Help and advice to become a GTO

For further information or help to start your application, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097 or email to make an appointment.