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.”



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


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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The Minimum Employment Age For Most Jobs In WA Is 15 Years Old


The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the State.

In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent; performing professionally as an actor, musician, entertainer or in an advertisement; or working for charities and other not-for-profit organisations.  Jobs in which children under 15 cannot be employed include working on a farm or at horse riding schools and stables, working in construction or on any building or home or garden maintenance work, and working in a factory or warehouse.

The Children and Community Services Act specifies that children aged 10, 11 or 12 are allowed to deliver newspapers or advertising material, but they cannot work during school hours and cannot start work before 6am or finish later than 7pm.  Workers of this age must be accompanied at all times by a parent, or another adult who has written permission from their parents.

A child must be at least 13 years old to be employed in a shop, fast food outlet, café or restaurant.  Employers are also required to get written permission from a child’s parent and the child is not allowed to work before 6am and after 10pm or during school hours.

Breaches of the Children and Community Services Act attract penalties of up to $120,000 if the employer is a body corporate.  In 2015 a supermarket business in regional Western Australia was fined $2,250 in the Industrial Magistrate’s Court for illegally employing an 11-year-old girl.  The charge related to the employment of the child as a shop assistant for five shifts of work that were performed on weekend days.

Employers who are considering employing children are encouraged to check the legal requirements by contacting Wageline on 1300 655 266 or visit 

Lamborghini Creates World’s First ‘Self-Healing’ Sports Car





Lamborghini has created the world’s first self-healing sports car. The Terzo Millennio, which translates as third millennium in Italian, has the ability to detect and repair cracks in its body work.

Using sensors the car can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading.

To read more, please click here



Australian Industry Standards – Skills Development Workshop


Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is an independent, not-for-profit Skills Service Organisation (SSO) that develops nationally recognised vocational qualifications across a range of Australian industries.

AIS is holding free workshops around the country. These workshops are aimed at fostering a clearer understanding of the Training Package development process and how you can be involved.

They build on the highly successful AIS Skills Forum held in August this year. This event focused on the new wave of disrupters that will have a significant impact on the skills required by industry.

AIS works with 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC’s) to develop skills standards for the energy, aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, rail, water, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections sectors.

The focus at AIS is on supporting industry to develop high quality qualifications for their workforce. These workshops will give participants the opportunity to share ideas on strategies for meeting workforce skills needs now and into the future.

The first of these national workshops will be held in Perth on 7 December 2017.

This is your chance to engage in skills development for the industries that AIS supports.

What can you expect from this event:

  • An overview of the National VET system and Training Package development process
  • Insights into industry workforce trends
  • Opportunities to engage in the skills development process
  • Round table discussion on emerging skills needs

Register your attendance

To register your attendance for this free event, please Click here

Limited spaces available.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Judy Green on (03) 9604 7214 or via email on



Level 2, 31 Market Street, South Melbourne, Victoria 3205                                                                        P O Box 587, South Melbourne, Victoria 3205



Do You Work On, Or Tender for, State Government Construction Contracts?


The Department of Training and Workforce Development invites you to help shape Government policy.

The State Government is committed to providing more opportunities for construction apprentices and trainees by expanding Priority Start.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is reviewing the current policy, the Government Building Training Policy, in line with the State Government’s Plan for Jobs election commitment.

The current policy requires State Government construction contractors to achieve a target training rate by employing apprentices and trainees. The policy applies to head contractors and subcontractors working on State Government construction projects with a labour value of over $2 million.

The Department is seeking feedback from contractors working on current contracts as well as those who tender, or plan to tender, for State Government construction contracts.

Please contact the Department to participate in one of the following sessions:

Session 1
Wednesday 8 November
9.30 am – 11.30 amSession 2
Tuesday 14 November
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
‘Keirp Nyinalungup’ (Town Hall)
Optima Centre – Building B
16 Parkland Road
To register, please email:

Alternatively,  you may like to review the proposed policy changes and forward your written feedback  by Thursday 30 November 2017 to

For further information, please contact Toni Rogers, Project Officer, on (08) 6551 5607.

Building the workforce to meet the economic and community needs of Western Australia




Certificate III in Appliance Servicing (UEE 32111) Apprenticeship in Western Australia

The UEEA Training Council, Appliance Servicing Industry and Energy Skills Solutions are happy to announce the commencement of the UEE 32111 Certificate III in Appliance Servicing apprenticeship in Western Australia.

The Certificate III in Appliance Servicing was established as a Class A qualification in 2010, however delivery is unavailable in Western Australia and apprentices are required to attend training in Queensland or New South Wales. This training is inflexible, cumbersome, time consuming and cost prohibitive.

Manufacturers were using small teams of their own technicians and in some cases contracting out warranty work to the appliance service specialists. Not having the apprenticeship delivered in WA, has led to the appliance service industry having serious skill deficiencies, which in turn has had an adverse effect on product reputation.

Enormous efforts by all stake holders has gone into getting the training to this level, including the Department of Training and Workforce Development who have approved the funding for this apprenticeship.

Energy Skills Solutions will commence training for their first group of apprentices on Monday 2nd October 2017. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) will also be available for existing employees.

For further information on the Certificate III in Appliance Servicing apprenticeship, please contact: Jonathan Andrews, Director, Energy Skills Solutions, PO Box 2857, MALAGA 6944.                    T: (08) 9209 3833,  M: 0421 717 287, E: