Priority Start

The Government Building Training (GBT) policy has been replaced by the Priority Start policy, which came into effect on 1 April 2019. For contracts awarded prior to this date the GBT policy remains in effect, although head contractors will have the option to transition to the new policy once their 2018–19 obligations have been fulfilled.

Priority Start aims to ensure a sustainable construction trades workforce for Western Australia by increasing the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry. To achieve this, the policy requires companies awarded State Government building construction, civil construction and maintenance contracts valued over $5 million (including GST) to meet the industry's average target training rate for apprentices and trainees.

On acceptance of a contract, the head contractor commits to meeting the target training rate (currently 5 per cent for civil construction contracts) and submit a Priority Start report for each 12 month reporting period and at the end of the contract.

For further information or to download a copy of the policy and Head contractor Priority Start report template, please visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website .

Government Building Training Policy

The GBT policy applies to:

  • State Government building and construction contracts awarded before 1 April 2019, including civil and engineering contracts, with an estimated labour value of $2 million and over for the construction component of the contract.
  • State Government maintenance contracts awarded before 1 April 2019, with an estimated labour component of $2 million 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 and at the end of the contract. To ensure a head contractor is on track to meet this, quarterly, financial year reports must be submitted to the State Government contracting agency.

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

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

Modified: 03 Apr 2019