The following policy documents relate to the Department’s role as Western Australia’s State Training Authority, with responsibility for administering the State’s VET system. This involves managing the investment of public resources to provide a quality training system.
Apprenticeship and traineeship policy
This document outlines the requirements associated with the commencement, registration, variation and completion of the training contract for apprenticeships and traineeships and provides support in the interpretation of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 and Vocational Education and Training (General) Regulations 2009 and the Vocational Education and Training (General) Amendment Regulations 2014. It includes guidelines for dispute resolution.
View the Apprenticeship and traineeship policy document
Complaints management policy
This policy establishes the complaints management process for the Department for complaints made by external clients, members of the public and other government agencies. The policy conforms with the relevant Australian Standard and Public Sector requirements.
View the Complaints management policy document
Government building training policy
The GBT policy came into effect in Western Australia on 1 October 2015, replacing the previous Priority start – Building policy. The GBT policy aims to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry, through its requirement for State Government building, construction and maintenance contractors to meet a target training rate of 11.5%. This will be achieved through the employment of construction apprentices and trainees by the head contractor and any subcontractors used for the contract.
View the GBT policy document
The GBT policy applies to State Government contracts for:
- building and construction, including civil and engineering, with an estimated labour value of $2 million and over for the construction component of the contract; and
- maintenance, 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.
- The training rate is based on the combined workforce of the head contractor and the subcontractors used for the contract. The policy does not require each subcontractor to individually meet the target training rate.
- No new tenders or contracts should include clauses relating to the Priority start – building policy.
- Contractors are not required to pre-qualify to submit tenders for State Government contracts and do not have to submit training plans.
Resources and further information
The following resources are available to assist contractors and State Government agencies to understand and work with the GBT policy. You can also refer to the GBT contacts document for details of relevant contact people.
Target training rate
For State Government agencies
If you require any further assistance, please contact the GBT policy officer on (08) 6551 5607 during business hours, or email email@example.com.
Language services policy and guidelines
The Department of Training and Workforce Development is committed to the use of competent interpreters and translators to provide a service to those unable to communicate through written and spoken English. This policy ensures that the rights of Western Australians who are unable to communicate effectively in spoken or written English to access Government funded services are not compromised by this inability.
View the Language services policy document
View the Language services guidelines document
Priority start – Building policy
Priority start – Building, a policy for Government tendering arrangements in Western Australian building and construction contracts, was replaced on 1 October 2015 by the Government building training policy. The new GBT policy now applies to all State Government contracts awarded from requests for tenders issued. From 1 October 2015, companies with contracts under Priority Start can either remain under the PSB policy or move to the Government building training policy with the agreement of all parties.
For further information or queries on the replaced PSB policy please email us at programs.PS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the PSB policy document
School-based apprenticeship and traineeship policy
This policy provides advice to organisations and individuals associated with school-based apprenticeships and traineeships as a component of the Western Australian apprenticeship system. It details stakeholder roles and responsibilities and the requirements associated with commencement, registration, variation and completion of a training contract involving a full time school student participating in a part time school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.
View the School-based apprenticeship and traineeship policy document
Access the latest version of the Education, Training and Employment Schedule (ETES) template
TAFE Admissions policy
This policy outlines the framework for admission to publicly funded VET award qualifications at TAFE colleges. It contains detailed information on the processes applied by TAFE Admissions to select prospective students for places in full time courses and by TAFE colleges to select students in part time qualifications.
View the TAFE Admissions policy document
TAFE duty of care for minors policy
TAFE colleges in Western Australia owe a duty of care to minors participating in college programs to take reasonable care for their health and safety, as outlined in this policy. This duty extends to staff including lecturers, and exists whether students are on college premises or engaged in off campus activities such as an excursion.
View the TAFE duty of care for minors policy document
Trade certificate policy
The policy provides advice to individuals seeking to receive a trade certificate on successful completion of a Class A or Class B qualification with training type 'apprentice', as identified on the Public Register of Prescribed Vocational Education and Training Qualifications.
View the Trade certificate policy document
Trade skills recognition policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide advice to training providers and individuals seeking TSR under the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (the VET Act) for all Class A qualifications and for those Class B qualifications with a condition that the qualification can only be obtained by fulfilling the obligations of an apprentice under a training contract.
View the Trade skills recognition policy document
Travel and accommodation allowance policy
Through TAA, the Department assists apprentices and trainees with travel and accommodation related to the completion of their off-the-job training component.
Assistance is also available to lecturers and employers whose travel and accommodation arrangements meet the requirements of the policy.
View the Travel and accommodation allowance policy document
View the Procedures for TAA for apprenticeships document
You can also download the following documents.
For enquiries relating to TAA, or to submit application forms, please contact email@example.com.
VET fees and charges policy
This policy outlines the procedures governing the administration of fees and charges by registered training providers who deliver vocational education and training funded by the Western Australian Department of Training and Workforce Development.
View the VET fees and charges policy 2017 document.