Repaying your Trade Support Loan

New obligations for repaying your Trade Support Loan debt are now in place.

If you’ve taken out a Trade Support Loan (TSL) to help with training related expenses but are planning on moving overseas to work, you’ll still need to repay the money, just as you would if you were in Australia. This will help make the system fairer for everyone.

Repayments are compulsory if your annual income is above the threshold ($54,126 for the 2015–16 financial year). You have nothing to pay if your earnings are below this amount.

Please read the following fact sheet: Repaying your Trade Support Loan

For more information about TSL, visit
or contact your local Apprenticeship Network Provider.

For more information about your repayment obligations visit ATO.

Christmas Payroll Information for Employees 2015

ATC Work Smart Apprentices and Trainees:
Please ensure that you either bring your timesheet into the office or
fax to 9842 1001 by
Friday 18th December 2015 (Monday 21st December 2015 by 9.00AM at the very latest)
If you are taking leave, please make sure that you have completed a leave form and returned to our office. If you require a leave form, please contact our office to arrange to have one sent.

ATC Work Smart Recruitment and Labour Hire Employees:
Please ensure that you either bring your timesheet into the office or
fax to 9842 1001 by
Tuesday 22nd December 2015 by 9.00AM
Tuesday 29th December 2015 by 9.00AM

APPLIES TO ALL: If you are able to, we would appreciate it if you can get your timesheets in earlier

To ensure that you are paid on time, please make sure that your timesheets are in by the above deadlines

This will enable us to pay you prior to the Christmas and New Year Public Holidays. Our fax number is (08)9842 1001 or you can email to

The Current Australian Apprenticeship System is Not Working

16 November 2015 MEDIA RELEASE

The Current Australian Apprenticeship System is Not Working

Australia is currently seeing a decline in the number of apprenticeships commencing combined with the number being completed. If we don’t want to be facing a serious major trade skills decline affecting every industry in the next five years – something needs to be done now.

Two West Australian group training companies, ATC Midwest and ATC Work Smart Albany have created a system to achieve quality outcomes to ensure higher completion rates for all Australian apprentices and trainees.

Dave Clare, General Manager of ATC Midwest and one of the creators of the model, is calling on the government and industries to support this solution. “We believe the biggest factor for non-completion is the lack of a suitable quality outcome model and accountability to such,” said Mr Clare.

“The Australian Government has clearly stated they want more completions for their investment but they haven’t given anyone a road map on how to get there.

“We’ve used our 25 years’ experience in training and recruitment to create this quality outcome model which we know is successful but also can be used as a clear guideline for anyone employing an apprentice” states Peter Adams, General Manager of ATC Work Smart Albany, co-creator of the model.

“Approximately 80% of apprenticeships in Australia are not audited, they aren’t following a clear model and therefore we can’t be guaranteed these employers are doing everything they are meant to be doing for their apprentices.

“The remaining 20% are employed by group training companies who are audited regularly with clear outcomes to commit to.

Mr Clare added “Everyone needs to be working off the same guide to ensure the best outcomes for apprentices, employers and Australia,”

“We want the government to use this model as their guide and to hold to account anyone who is hiring apprentices – whether they do that directly or through a group training company.

Peter Adams, General Manager, ATC Work Smart

Attachments: “Creating a Quality Outcome Training Model to Achieve Better Results for Apprentices in Australia” White Paper

Creating a Quality Outcome Training Model

Writing a GREAT Cover Letter!

Writing a GREAT Cover Letter!
with Paul O’Dea – ATC Work Smart Recruitment Consultant


I can’t tell you how many times I receive cover letters that let job applicants down. Some are so obviously the generic cover letter the applicant sends with every single application, that sometimes the applicant will even forget to put the correct job title or company name in the letter – which does not make the recipient feel very special!

Apart from the obvious of making sure grammar and spelling are correct (obvious and VERY important) why not take the time to make your cover letter more than mediocre?

If the job advertisement tells you who to send your application to, be sure to use the correct greeting – “Dear Paul”, rather than “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam”. If the job advertisement does not help with the detail, go to the company website. You can even call the company and ask to whom you should address your letter…….this also shows your resourcefulness.

Be sure to read the description of the role very carefully and spend some time relating your skills and experiences to the points listed specifically as requirements for the role. Proving you meet the top requirements for the role will hold the employers attention. Mention any awards you have won, or an outstanding piece of work you were responsible for.

Be Descriptive
Rather than saying, “I am a team player”, or “I am a people person” be descriptive. For example “I am an excellent communicator with experience providing administrative services to diverse departments”. Follow that up with an example, something like “For example when assisting on the largest tender our company had submitted I coordinated the meetings between departments to ensure consistency in all channels of communication throughout”. Your cover letter will serve as the first example of your skills – make the most of the opportunity.

Do Not Repeat
Do not simply repeat the information in your resume. The cover letter should complement your resume, mention your high points and together with your resume paint a fuller picture of you. Your cover letter can have a more personal tone than your resume which should be matter-of-fact.

And your cover letter should not be longer than one page – showcase yourself, using as few words as possible. Finally, use language which is true to you, be authentic.

Cover letter

Curtin University Housing Affordability Survey

Curtin University is undertaking a Housing Affordability Survey for those over 18 years of age in WA – including those renting, purchasing, living at home with their parents or home owners.

They would like to hear about your housing affordability experiences, understand any trade-offs you have made when selecting your home, strategies households are using to make their housing more affordable as well as future housing aspirations such as downsizing.

The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

If you would like to complete the survey please click on the link below:

Curtin Housing Affordability Survey


Welcome to the team Lizzie!

We are excited to welcome our new receptionist on board – Lizzie is local to Albany and has extensive experience in previous administration roles. The team are pleased to welcome Lizzie and wish her all the best in her future with ATC Work Smart.Lizzie2

ATC Work Smart’s new address and building

ATC Work Smart is pleased to announce that the team has settled in to the new purpose-built building located at 5 Barker Road, Albany. It has been a long journey in planning, building and moving but we’re all very pleased with the outcome and invite anyone who wishes, to come and see us at our new building. ATC Work Smart thanks everyone who was involved in the project.

We would also like to take this opportunity to advise of some changes that may affect you:

Address: 5 Barker Road, Albany WA 6330

Mailing Address: PO Box 1409, Albany WA 6331

Phone Number: (08) 6819 5300

Fax Number: (08) 9842 1001




Father Christmas at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre

The ATC Work Smart Santa is back at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre this year so don’t forget to go and say hello and get some photos with our Father Christmas and his helper!

Santa and his helper will be at the Albany Plaza Shopping Centre from the 12th December to 24th December between 10.00 am – 2.00 pm Monday – Saturday and 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Sunday

The Team at ATC Work Smart wishes you all a safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Send us your photos with Father Christmas to

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