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
(v6.1: November 2021)

Government building training policy

Important notice
From 1 April 2019, the Priority Start policy will replace the Government building training (GBT) policy. Those contracted under the GBT policy will have the option to transition to the Priority Start policy from 1 July 2019, once their 2018–19 reporting obligations have been fulfilled. No new tenders or contracts should include clauses relating to the GBT policy.

Further information on the new policy, including transition arrangements, is available on the Priority Start policy page

GBT resources and further information

The following resources are still available to assist contractors and State Government agencies with contracts reporting under GBT policy.

General information
For contractors

Head contractors


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

Priority Start policy

The Priority Start policy came into effect in WA on 1 April 2019, replacing the previous Government building training policy (GBT), and applies to State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts resulting from tenders released from 1 April 2019. Under the policy, all head contractors awarded State Government building, construction, civil construction and maintenance contracts valued over $5 million must meet the industry's average target training rate for apprentices and trainees.

View the Priority Start policy document

Full details about the policy, and helpful information and resources, are available on our Priority Start page

Public interest disclosure (PID) policy

The Department of Training and Workforce Development (the Department) is committed to the aims and objectives of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act). It recognises the value and importance of contributions of all Department employees to enhance administrative and management practices, and strongly supports disclosures being made by Department employees about misconduct, offences, misuse of public resources or risks to public health and safety.

This policy applies to all Department employees, public sector contractors, and any person making a disclosure to the Department relating to a matter of public interest information where the discloser prefers that their identity remains confidential to protect them from victimisation or other reprisal by reporting an issue. A copy of the related PID procedures is available on request. 

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

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.

Lists of all subsidised training funded through Jobs and Skills WA are available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/training#subsidised-training

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. 

The following VETDSS 2022 Pilot program policy outlines the scope and detail of a new pilot program to support the WA State Government’s commitment to increase the number of vocational education and training places for students in secondary schools. The pilot will be run during Semester 2 2022, and is effective from 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2022.  This document is an addendum to the VET delivered to secondary students (VETDSS) funding policy.

Page last updated October 07, 2022