CTF announced a $30.6 million support package on 23 April to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.

The construction industry is the largest industry in WA and is an essential service during COVID-19.

CTF is committed to regularly updating you to ensure we maintain employment, and high health and safety standards for our industry. On 23 April CTF announced a $30.6 million support package for the construction workforce. The media statement is below.

CTF would like to reassure our stakeholders that we are committed to maintaining service during these difficult times. If you need to contact CTF via the 9244 0100 phone line, please leave a message and a contact number and your call will be returned ASAP by a CTF officer.

Please note that as per our recent announcement, the Construction Futures Centre (CFC) remains closed to visitors and will reopen when circumstances allow.

CTF’s Pandemic Response Plan is available here.

CTF’s COVID Funding Package Details are available here

CTF’s COVID Funding FAQ’s are available here.

Jobs & Skills WA COVID funding fact sheet available here


Thursday, 23 April 2020

$30.6 million support package for construction workforce

  • $12 million immediate support with a $2,000 payment to employers to maintain existing apprentices and trainees
  • $12.6 million in new monthly payment program to employers of apprentices and trainees
  • $6 million to support more than 5,000 building and construction apprentices and trainees to complete short training courses

Premier Mark McGowan and Training Minister Sue Ellery were joined by Reg Howard- Smith, Chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Board, to announce a $30.6 million support package to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.

The package includes $12 million to provide an immediate, one-off payment of $2,000 to employers of existing apprentices and trainees currently receiving Construction Training Fund (CTF) grant payments.

A new grants scheme worth $12.3 million will be introduced to assist employers to retain their existing apprentices, with payments beginning from 1 June this year, backdated from 1 April 2020.

The payments will range from $250 per month to $500 per month, per apprentice or trainee, depending on the trades facing the most critical skills shortages in the industry.

This will supplement CTF’s existing grants scheme for a period of six months, with a review after three months to gauge the effectiveness of the temporary model.

Employers currently receiving CTF grants for apprentices and trainees in employment will be eligible for the new grant scheme and will need to provide evidence of the apprentice’s employment, such as a current payslip.

Apprentices and trainees employed in the industry can claim up to $1,000 to support the costs of undertaking short courses to assist them in upskilling.

Employers and employees can find out more information here:

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
“The construction industry plays an important role in Western Australia and employs thousands of people across a range of trades.


  • Construction Training Fund
    • CTF is currently maintaining normal operations
  • Industry Physical Health and Safety
    • CTF have created a video with 10 tips on how to maintain your health and safety during this period
  • Industry Mental Health and Safety
    • Mates in Construction is a national, for the industry, by the industry, NFP that exists to strengthen our industry by preventing suicide. They have a 24/7 line that you can call, which is 1300 642 111. To visit their website for tools to manage stress and anxiety during these challenging times please click here.