​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Queensland Government Building and Construction Training Policy

The Queensland Government Building and Construction Training Policy (PDF, 327KB) (training policy) applies from 1 July 2014. The training policy replaces the Queensland Government Building and Construction Contracts Structured Training Policy (10 per cent Training Policy) and the Indigenous Employment Policy for Queensland Government Building and Civil Construction Projects (IEP 20 per cent Policy).

The training policy supports employment opportunities and skills development in Queensland's building and construction industry. It also focuses on increasing the economic independence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders in the industry.

The training policy is one element in a longstanding partnership between the building and construction industry and the Queensland Government to develop the industry's skills base and future workforce capability. It requires contractors to employ apprentices and trainees and undertake other workforce training as a mandated component of being awarded work on eligible Queensland Government projects.

The training policy has a core requirement that a minimum of 10 per cent of the total labour hours on eligible projects be undertaken by apprentices and/or trainees and through other workforce training. From 1 September 2017, this core requirement increases to 15 per cent for eligible major building and/or civil construction projects.

All Queensland Government departments and statutory bodies, as defined in the Financial Accountability Act 2009 and government owned corporations are required to comply with the training p​olicy.

Key changes from 1 September 2017

From 1 September 2017, there were changes to the training policy that impact major Queensland Government and government owned corporation buildings and/or civil construction projects.

  • ​On major Queensland Government and government owned corporation building and/or civil construction projects with a contract sum of $100 million or greater (including GST) it is a core requirement that a minimum of 15 per cent of the total labour hours on eligible projects is to be undertaken by apprentices and/or trainees and through other workforce training. This requirement applies to projects tendered or undertaken by Queensland Government agencies, statutory authorities and government owned corporations.

Key changes from 1 July 2015

From 1 July 2015 there were changes to the training policy that impact government owned corporations and public private partnerships.

  • Government owned corporations - any procurement processes that government owned corporations commence for building and/or civil construction projects above $20 million (including GST) must comply with the training policy.
  • Public private partnerships - any procurement processes that commence for public private partnerships in relation to building projects with a contract sum of $500,000 or greater (including GST) and civil construction projects with a contract sum of $3 million or greater (including GST) must comply with the training policy.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects are Queensland Government building projects with a contract sum of $500,000 or greater (including GST), and civil construction projects with a contract sum of $3 million or greater (including GST). Eligible projects include:

  • projects throughout Queensland, including projects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • projects that are selected as Indigenous projects by Queensland Government agencies
  • public private partnerships
  • all building and/or civil construction projects with a contract sum above $20 million (including GST) tendered or undertaken by government owned corporations will also be eligible projects.

From 1 September 2017, additional requirements apply to eligible major building and/or civil construction projects with a contract sum of $100 million or greater (including GST).

Indigenous projects

There are two categories of Indigenous projects under the training policy:

  • eligible projects located in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community and the Township of Weipa
  • eligible projects located throughout the rest of Queensland that are proposed as Indigenous projects by Queensland Government agencies, government owned corporations or by the Director-General of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP).

The compliance requirements for Indigenous projects under the training policy are the same regardless of whether it is located in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community or outside of these communities.

For further information on the additional requirements for Indigenous projects, please refer to the Guidelines for Indigenous Projects below as well as the processes for Indigenous projects located on the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships website.

Training policy documents and resources

Policy

Guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Indigenous project processes and templates

The following processes and templates also support Indigenous projects under the training policy. The following resources are located on the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships website.

Eligible projects located in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community and the Township of Weipa:

  • Remote discrete Indigenous communities process
  • Remote discrete Indigenous economic opportunities overview
  • Remote discrete Indigenous economic opportunities plan template
  • Eligible projects map.​

Eligible projects located throughout the rest of Queensland selected as Indigenous projects:

  • Criteria for the selection of Indigenous projects
  • Selected Indigenous projects process
  • Selected Indigenous economic opportunities overview
  • Selected Indigenous economic opportunities plan template.

Construction Skills Queensland and the Training Policy Administration System

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) administers contractor compliance data on behalf of the Queensland Government, through the Training Policy Administration System (TPAS). This is an electronic reporting system for contractors to report their compliance with the training policy.

Queensland Government agencies are required to submit project information into the TPAS for eligible projects once the contract has been awarded. This includes uploading a copy of the Letter of Acceptance. Government agencies can also access TPAS for their own compliance monitoring and reporting purposes.

Contractors are required to submit the Compliance Plan and Practical Completion Report to CSQ using TPAS. Contractors will be informed of their compliance performance based on the data that they have entered into TPAS. Further information can be found at the CSQ website.

Contract clauses for Queensland Government agencies

The Department of Housing and Public Works provides a suite of building contracts for use on government building projects, these contracts are located on the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads provides a suite of civil construction contracts for use on government construction work, these contracts are located on the Department of Transport ​and Main Roads​.

Please note that standard clauses for use in documentation for eligible projects under the training policy can be found on the above sites.

Contact information

Department of Education and Training

Phone: 1300 369 935 
Email: trainingpolicy@det.qld.gov.au
Website: www.training.qld.gov.au/trainingpolicy

Construction Skills Queensland

Phone: 1800 798 488
Email: admintp@csq.org.au
Website: http://csq.org.au/for-employers-stakeholders/the-training-policy

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Indigenous projects within remote discrete Indigenous communities

Remote Indigenous Land and Infrastructure Program Office
Phone: (07) 4039 8572
Email: petrina.villaflor@datsip.qld.gov.au
Website: https://www.datsip.qld.gov.au/publications-governance-resources/policy-governance/building-construction-training-policy

Indigenous projects located throughout the rest of Queensland

Economic Participation
Phone: (07) 3003 6346
Email: enterprise@datsip.qld.gov.au
Website: https://www.datsip.qld.gov.au/publications-governance-resources/policy-governance/building-construction-training-policy

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Last updated
19 October 2017