Government Building Training Policy

​The Government Building Training Policy (GBT Policy) came into effect on 1 October 2015. It replaces the Priority Start – Building Policy (PSB Policy).

Through the GBT Policy, the State Government is aiming to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry. This will be achieved by requiring 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 2016-17 financial year is 11.5 per cent.

The policy applies to:

  • State Government building and construction contracts, 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, 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: 01 Feb 2017