Policy

Policy

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 the Vocational Education and Training (General) Regulations 2009 .

This policy contains information relating to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, trade skills recognition (TSR), trade certificates, and travel and accommodation allowance (TAA) for apprentices and trainees.

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

Scope

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.

Important notes

  • 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.

General information
For contractors

Head contractors

Subcontractors

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 policy.gbt@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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

School-based apprenticeship and traineeship policy
As of November 2018, the School-based apprenticeship and traineeship policy is now incorporated into the Apprenticeship and traineeship policy.
 
Sponsorship policy

This policy outlines the sponsorship principles and procedures to be followed as part of all sponsorship arrangements; both providing and receiving, and prior to any binding commitment given by the Department of Training and Workforce Development or TAFE college.

View the Sponsorship policy document
View the Sponsorship procedures document, including forms

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

As of November 2018, the Trade certificate policy is now incorporated into the Apprenticeship and traineeship policy.

 

Trade skills recognition policy

As of November 2018, the Trade skills recognition policy is now incorporated into the Apprenticeship and traineeship policy.

 

Travel and accommodation allowance policy

As of November 2018, the Travel and accommodation allowance policy is now incorporated into the Apprenticeship and traineeship policy.

 

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 2019

VET delivered to secondary students: Funding policy

This policy outlines the eligibility of enrolled school students to access funding for approved courses listed in the list of VET courses funded for delivery to secondary students. 

View the VET delivered to secondary students funding policy document  (v2: Effective 1 January 2019)

View the VET delivered to secondary students funded course list for 2019 (v2: Effective 10 December 2018)

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