• Government Building Training Policy

    The Government Building Training Policy (GBT policy) came into effect on 1 October 2015. It replaces the former Priority Start – Building 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 head 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 training percentage of Western Australian construction trades workers who are apprentices and trainees in the in-scope occupations of the GBT policy. The target training rate is determined by the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) and is reviewed annually.

    The GBT policy applies to:

    • all State Government building and construction contracts with an estimated labour value of $2 million and over for the construction component of the contract
    • all State Government maintenance contracts with an estimated labour value of $2 million and over for the total contract
    • and where the duration is three months or more


    On acceptance of a contract, the head contractor commits to meeting the target training rate at the end of each financial year for the duration of the contract. To ensure head contractors are on track to meet this, each quarter a Total Training Rate Report must be submitted to the Department of Finance, Building Management and Works (BMW).

    At the end of each financial year BMW is required to report on the policy’s operation in its annual report, including any variations that have been granted to the total training rate.

    BMW’s Supplier Demerit Scheme

    Failure to comply with the GBT policy requirements stated in the contract, and unless otherwise determined by BMW, may result in one or more demerits being applied. If a head contractor accumulates three or more demerits, BMW will consider the circumstances and a sanction will generally be applied.

    For further information on the Supplier Demerit Scheme please refer to the Supplier Demerit Scheme Guideline.

    To view the GBT policy and for further information please refer to DTWD:
    web site: www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/about-us#government-building-training-policy
    email: policy.gbt@dtwd.wa.gov.au

    For further information you can also contact BMW:
    email: GBTpolicy@finance.wa.gov.au
    phone: 08 6551 2096