New Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy Release

Following extensive consultation with stakeholders, the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) has updated its “Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy  (A&T Policy). The revised policy came into effect on 29 November 2018, and is now available on the DTWD website.

View the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy

The new A&T Policy has been simplified to make it more user-friendly for apprentices, trainees, employers, RTOs, AASNs, GTOs, students, parents and schools. The key changes are as follows:

  • All related policy documents are now incorporated. This includes the School-based Apprenticeship Policy; Travel and Accommodation Allowance (TAA) Policy; Trade Skills Recognition Policy; and the Trade Certificate Policy.
  • The policy includes web links for easy access to program information and fact sheets and forms for employers, apprentices, RTOs and other providers operating in the apprenticeship system.
  • The strengthening of eligibility criteria for Western Australian trade certificates, including those issued under the Trade Skills Recognition (TSR) process, to ensure the integrity of the application and assessment processes.  The new eligibility criteria will come into effect on 1 January 2019.
  • Individuals who are qualified tradespeople in an Australian State or Territory other than Western Australia are now able to apply for a WA Trade Certificate, if they meet the requirements.
  • The policy reflects recent changes to regulations, which clarify requirements around training plans, including school-based apprentices and trainees.

Several fact sheets on the Apprenticeship Office website have been updated to align with the new policy and the following new fact sheets have been developed.

Title Location
Applying for a WA trade certificate by interstate tradespeople Other publications
Applying for a WA trade certificate via trade skills recognition (effective from 1 January 2019) Information for RTOs, and also in Other publications
Eligibility for a WA trade certificate Other publications
Training contract and exemption notices for children of compulsory school age Training contract forms and fact sheets

The following policy documents relate to the DTWD 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

·        Complaints Management Policy

·        Government Building Training Policy

·        Language Services Policy and Guidelines

·        School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy

·        Sponsorship Policy

·        TAFE Admissions Policy

·        TAFE Duty of Care for Minors Policy

·        Trade Certificate Policy

·        Trade Skills Recognition Policy

·        Travel and Accommodation Allowance Policy

·        VET Fees and Charges Policy

·        VET Delivered to Secondary Students: Funding Policy

These policy documents can be accessed via the following link:

Please contact Anna Wildy, Manager Policy Planning and Research, Department of Training and Workforce Development on (08) 6551 5529 or email, if you have any queries in regards to the new apprenticeship and traineeship policy and any of the associated policy documents.


HVIA Releases Safer Trucks & Trailers Action Plan

In the November edition of Australasian Transport News (ATN), HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has challenged Government to incentivise the uptake of safety technologies.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility:  the people who design, build and maintain roads; the people who use the road network, such as drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists; the people who import or manufacture vehicles; the people who police road user behaviour and of course those responsible for implementing policy, laws and regulations pertaining to road use and road safety.

“As an association that advocates for the businesses that design, import, manufacture and distribute heavy vehicles and supply components for trucks and trailers, HVIA is at the forefront of showcasing innovation, technology and the latest safety features.

“Our members are constantly innovating and developing ways to make their vehicles safer.  Sometimes this is mandated through the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) but often this is voluntary and is part of being a good corporate citizen.

“The fact is that heavy vehicles rolling off the assembly line in 2018 are the safest yet, and as the industry continues to innovate and invest in design and technology, the safety features will continue to advance in future years.

“This advancement in safety is also true for passenger vehicles. In spite of these safer vehicles operating on better performing roads and at safer speeds, Australia is not seeing the requisite downward trend on the road toll.

“The tragic reality is that last year 1,227 people died on Australian roads.  Sadly, this also includes 185 people from accidents involving a heavy vehicle.  These deaths are largely preventable.

“As such, HVIA has asked itself: what more can be done to reduce road fatalities?  I’m proud that our members have come up with a series of priority actions which we have now released as part of a new campaign – Safer Trucks & Trailers: Incentivising the Uptake of Safety Technologies.

“This action plan argues that the highest priority is a deliberate strategy of targeting older vehicles in the fleet, reducing the age of the fleet by doing so, or incentivising the retrofit of available safety technologies to improve heavy vehicle safety.”

Mr Hacking says the document is intended to start a constructive, mature discussion on advancing road safety.

“This is a logical first step to target the vehicles most in need, and does so in a way that does not punish heavy vehicle operators, but rather incentivises the uptake of available safety technologies.”



Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants Program

Australian business can receive up to $200,000 in matched funding for eligible project costs through the Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program.

Eligible project costs can include design, prototype and testing activities at established commercial and research facilities and Automotive Innovation Labs.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, announced applications are open for the $7 million Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program—supporting businesses across Australia to undertake automotive product development.

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting an internationally competitive and globally integrated automotive sector in Australia,” Minister Andrews said.

“The Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program will help businesses improve the time to market for new automotive products, enhance product offerings for local and global markets and expand high-value automotive manufacturing operations in Australia.”

“Automotive Innovation Labs are world-class automotive testing facilities that allow businesses to integrate new automotive products with the latest vehicle models and technologies.”

“This will boost industry capability to manufacture products that comply with both local and international standards.”

For more information about the grants program and how to apply visit

Applications close: 13 December 2018



Canadian Comments On Electric Powered Vehicles For USA People – INTERESTING !!


Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile has never been discussed.  All you ever hear is the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power cars, yet it is being shoved down your throats.  Glad somebody finally put engineering and maths to paper.

A British Columbia Hydro executive supposedly said: If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, you have to face certain realities.  For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service.  The average house is equipped with 100 amp service.  On a small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a Tesla.  If even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Your residential infrastructure cannot bear the load.  So as your genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are you being urged to buy these things and replace your reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive, new windmills and solar cells, but you will also have to renovate your entire delivery system!  This latter “investment” will not be revealed until you’re so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an ‘OOPS!’ and a shrug.

A man named Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, “For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.”  Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.  So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph.  Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.  In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity.  It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.  The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned.  If you pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.  $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.  Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg.  $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $20,000 while the Volt costs $46,000-plus.  It looks like the “Greenies” in the American Government want loyal Americans NOT to do the math, but simply pay three times as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.


Road to the Future

Driverless cars were once science fiction, now they’re real… and they’re here

Back in the 80s, David Hasselhoff had something every kid coveted – KITT, his trusty black Pontiac Firebird that would drive itself to the rescue whenever Hasselhoff – the Knight Rider – called.

Futuristic self-driving vehicles have been a mainstay for heroes on the big and small screen for decades – from KITT to Batman’s remote-controlled Batmobile and Tom Cruise’s red sports car in Minority Report.

Now on-demand driverless vehicles are about to become very real right here in Perth.

This year, along with Paris and Las Vegas, Perth will be one of only three cities around the world to exclusively trial a new driverless and electric vehicle, which passengers can call up using a mobile phone.

The Autonom, unveiled late last year by French mobility company Navya, is designed to move passengers on-demand anywhere within a set precinct, initially within a trial area of a few kilometres.

If you would like to read more, please click here. 




WA Training Awards 2018

The WA Training Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Through celebrating these successes, the Awards continue to put our State’s top achievers in the spotlight.

There are 12 categories in the WA Training Awards; eight individual categories and four organisation categories.

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2018 close on Friday 4th May at 5.00 pm.

Individual categories:

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award
  • WA International Student of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year

Organisation categories:

  • WA Employer of the Year
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

Winners in individual categories receive $3,000 to further their training or kick start their careers. Organisation winners are recognised  as industry leaders and provided with marketing materials to promote their achievement.

Winners will be announced at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 28 September 2018.

For more information on the organisations supporting this year’s Awards program, visit the Sponsors page.


From the Minister

Welcome to the WA Training Awards 2018.

With shifts and changes in the way we do business, there has never been a more important time for the State’s training system. A robust training sector is essential to future proofing the Western Australian economy and supporting the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs.

As some industries, like hospitality grow, and others transform through automation and technology, a strong training sector supports Western Australians to learn, retrain or upskill. Having highly skilled workers trained in the right areas ensures Western Australia is best placed to take advantage of new opportunities and remain competitive nationally and internationally.

It is therefore important to encourage and support programs that foster and celebrate success in Western Australia’s vocational education and training sector. The WA Training Awards celebrate the successes of exceptional students, apprentices, trainees, trainers, training providers and businesses across 12 prestigious categories.

The WA Training Awards recognise the dedication, innovation and excellence of individuals and organisations. When we acknowledge and showcase success we promote continuous improvement.

The support and experience gained through the awards program provides applicants with unparalleled personal and professional development opportunities, while also giving them the chance to gain national recognition for their achievements.

Previous winners have gone on to achieve incredible things from securing coveted positions in Michelin Star restaurants to dressing celebrities.

Organisations will be recognised as leaders in their field, setting the benchmark for high quality training and career outcomes, and individuals will benefit from a $3,000 study grant thanks to our sponsors.

I encourage you to participate in the awards and showcase the excellent work trainees, trainers and the training sector does.

Best of luck for the 2018 WA Training Awards and I look forward to hearing your stories.

Sue Ellery MLC


About the Awards – Please Click Here


Automotive AURETU005 Case for Endorsement Approved

PwC’s Skills for Australia

Update: AUR Training Package changes to Certificate II Automotive Air Conditioning Technology

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has released a communique with an update on the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

It has been confirmed the Case for Endorsement for Update to AUR20216 (Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology), with attention to AURETU005 (Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems), has been approved for implementation. Consequently, AURETU005 will be moved from the core to the elective bank of the qualification.

We expect to see these training product changes reflected on the website by April 2018.

The AISC communique and Case for Endorsement can be viewed by clicking on the buttons below. 

Alternatively, you can view the Case for Endorsement on our website (under the ‘Release’ tab).

Please note a full review of the Certificate II Automotive Air Conditioning Technology is scheduled and proposed in the 2017-18 Cases for Change.

Thank you for your continued and valued support throughout the course of this project. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at or call 1800 714 819.

Kind regards
Skills for Australia

View Communique

View Case for Endorsement



WA Training Awards 2018


February eNewsletter

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2018
are now open!

Welcome to a new season of WA Training Awards. Yesterday the Hon. Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training launched the 2018 Awards.

We look forward to receiving many high quality applications this year from the most driven students and trainers and the most dedicated businesses and training organisations in WA’s training sector.

If you want to be recognised as the best in WA at what you do – put yourself in the spotlight and apply today!

Applications close Friday 4 May 2018.

Apply for the WA Training Awards 2018


Are you a student, apprentice, trainee or trainer thinking about applying for the WA Training Awards this year? 

Watch our video to hear what the 2017 individual category winners have to say about what the Awards means to them.



Key dates for individuals

14 February – Applications open

6 March – Free webinars for potential applicants

4 May – Applications close

11 May – Applicants receive written confirmation of receipt

                                                     16 May – 6 June – Applications are shortlisted

                                                     13 June – Individuals are notified as to whether they have been                                                              selected as semi-finalists

                                                     6 July – Semi-finalist Judging Day for individual applicants

                                                    20 July – Individuals are notified as to whether they have been                                                                selected as finalists

                                                   28 September – WA Training Awards 2018 Presentation Dinner at                                                         Crown Perth

                                                   15 November – Australian Training Awards in Sydney


Is your business or training provider thinking about applying for the Awards this year?

Watch our video to hear what our 2017 organisation category winners have to say about the impact winning a WA Training Award has had for their business.



Key dates for organisations

14 February – Applications open

6 March – Free webinars for potential applicants

4 May – Applications close

11 May – Applicants receive written confirmation of receipt

16 May – 15 June – Applications are shortlisted

29 June – Organisations are notified as to whether they have been selected as finalists

16-27 July – Organisation finalist site visits

28 September – WA Training Awards 2018                                                                                Presentation Dinner at Crown Perth

15 November – Australian Training Awards in Sydney


The WA Training Awards team will be running two webinars for potential applicants on Tuesday 6 March.

  • Individual applicants – 10.00am
  • Organisation applicants – 1.00pm

Get an overview of the process, handy tips and an insight into what the judges are looking for!


Register to attend webinar






Want to highlight your organisation’s commitment to quality, high level training?

Become a WA Training Awards sponsor!

With five sponsorship streams to choose from, you can put your organisation in the spotlight from as little as $2,500.

Visit the Sponsors page on our website to download the WA Training Awards 2018 sponsorship prospectus or contact our team on 6551 5608 for more information.

Become a sponsor today


Book a training ambassador

The winners of the WA Training Awards are real life examples of what you can achieve through a training pathway and they want to share their stories!

They are passionate about their careers and know the value of a high quality training qualifications for positive workforce outcomes.

If you want to inspire people to get into training, upskill, reskill or better understand the options available to them, invite a WA Training Awards ambassador to speak at your next event or conference. Contact us today for more information.

Read more about our latest ambassadors on the Winners page of our website.

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