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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Government Building Training Policy

The State Government is aiming to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in building and construction

Government Building Training Policy

The Government Building Training Policy (GBT Policy) came into effect on October 1, 2015, replacing the Priority Start – Building Policy.

The GBT Policy requires government building, construction and maintenance contractors to commit to meet or exceed a target training rate through the employment of construction apprentices and trainees by their company and the subcontractors they are using for the contract.

The target training rate is the estimated percentage of Western Australian construction trades workers who are apprentices and trainees in the occupations in scope of the policy. The target training rate for the current financial year is 11.5 per cent.

This policy applies to:

  • State Government building and construction contracts, including civil and engineering contracts, with an estimated labour value of $2m and over for the construction component of the contract.
  • State Government maintenance contracts with an estimated labour component of $2m and over for the total contract.

The policy does not apply when the duration of the contract is three months or less.

On acceptance of a contract, the Head Contractor commits to meeting the target training rate (currently 11.5 per cent) at the end of each financial year until the end of the construction period of the contract. The Head Contractor must submit quarterly reports to PTA.

The reporting template for PTA can be viewed or downloaded from the link below:

All reports must be submitted to PTA at

More information

Further information on the Government Building Training Policy can be accessed from the Department of Training and Workforce Development website.


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