Disaster Recovery Construction Training Grant

The Disaster Recovery Construction Training Grant (DRCTG) seeks to support the communities affected by the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone Seroja.  It is estimated that approximately 1,400 dwellings have been impacted by these natural disaster events with an expected re-build timeframe of four years.  

Wooroloo and Seroja Disaster Areas

The two year, $3.5m program has been designed to catalyse the re-build efforts by recognising the cost of doing business in regional locations, attracting and skilling a local workforce for now and the future and providing the support for the community to get back on its feet sooner, improving long term prosperity.

Due to market conditions, attracting a workforce for the recovery efforts has been and will continue to be constrained.  Financial incentives and support will assist tradespeople to travel to the regions and manage employment of apprentices in their cost of doing business.

Therefore, grant funding by way of subsidy will be made available to both the employer and the apprentice involved in the re-rebuild process. This subsidy aims to stimulate the attraction and retention of a local workforce, increase local skills for the future and catalyse the re-build process to allow communities to recover and rebuild faster.

Currently eligible construction businesses that employ an apprentice can receive grants from CTF of up to $21,000.  The Disaster Recovery Construction Training Grant will provide extra support for employers and apprentices who are part of the recovery process.

CTF will also offer a 100% rebate on short courses recognised in the current Supplementary Skills program to eligible workers involved in the disaster recovery rebuild.

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Apprenticeship Grant

CTF will provide grant funding of up to $6,000 to both the employer and the apprentice who are involved in the re-rebuild process of Cyclone Seroja and the Wooroloo bushfires. 

All construction trades and workers that contribute to the rebuilding or partial rebuilding of designated areas will be covered (see Apprenticeship qualifications).

The employer grants are available in addition to CTF Employer grants already offered.

Each employer is eligible for one grant application per year, regardless the number of projects undertaken, or apprentices engaged within the declared disaster area. 

 Year 1 Year 2 Total 
Perth Based Employer $2,000 $2,000 $4,000 
Regional Based Employer  $3,000 $3,000 $6,000 

* Regional employer is one which resides outside of the Perth and Peel region

Each apprentice is eligible for one grant application per year, regardless the number of projects or employers worked for.  The apprentice may be commencing or completing an apprenticeship within the period.

 Year 1Year 2Total
Apprentices$1,000$1,000$2,000

For more information on eligibility and the claiming process please select from the options below:

Eligibility Criteria

Employer must employ an apprentice (new or existing) for construction works within the declared disaster area.

Employer must deliver construction works within the State Emergency Situation Declaration area/s.

Wooroloo Bushfires

  • City of Swan
  • Shire of Mundaring

Cyclone Seroja

  • City of Greater Geraldton
  • Shire of CarnamahShire of Carnarvon
  • Shire of Chapman Valley
  • Shire of Coorow
  • Shire of Dalwallinu
  • Shire of Dandaragan
  • Shire of Irwin
  • Shire of Three Springs
  • Shire of Koorda
  • Shire of Mingenew
  • Shire of Morawa
  • Shire of Mount Marshall
  • Shire of Northampton
  • Shire of Perenjori
  • Shire of Shark Bay

Funding is available for two years backdated to the date of Declaration: 

  • Wooroloo Bushfires               From 02/02/2021 to 02/02/2023
  • Cyclone Seroja                       From 09/04/2021 to 09/04/2023

Claiming Process

Apprenticeship Grant Claiming Process - Employer and Apprentice

Employer/Host Employer Grant
  1. The employer/host employer must go to www.ctf.gov.au/disaster-recovery-grant to establish if they meet the eligibility criteria set by CTF
  2. Download online DRCTG form, complete and submit to info@ctf.wa.gov.au (compliance required)
  3. CTF will create a claim for employer and eligible apprentice/s
  4. CTF will authorise and process claim
  5. Employer to provide EFT details
  6. CTF arrange payment to employer
Apprentice
  1. The Apprentice must go to www.ctf.gov.au/disaster-recovery-grant to establish if they meet the eligibility criteria set by CTF
  2. Download online DRCTG form, complete and submit to info@ctf.wa.gov.au (compliance required)
  3. CTF will create a claim for the apprentice and eligible employer
  4. CTF will confirm work history with the employer
  5. CTF will authorise and process the claim
  6. Apprentice provides EFT details
  7. CTF will arrange payment to apprentice

DRCTG Claim Forms

Supplementary Skills Subsidy

The Disaster Recovery Construction Training Subsidy seeks to ensure the trades working in the areas affected by Cyclone Seroja and the Wooroloo bushfires have access to the required skills to undertake the large variety of work in the rebuild process.

To grow the skillset of construction workers in these areas, CTF will fully subsidise eligible applicants who complete short-training courses that are currently recognised in CTF’s Supplementary Skills Program.

This will include courses below:

  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Construction Skills
  • Software Skills
  • Industry Skills
  • Trade and Occupational Licensing

All courses within the current supplementary skills training program are supported.

Other courses may be eligible on application.

Funding will be available from early 2022.

Funding Amounts

We will announce at a later date when a 100% subsidy for eligible applicants to attend and complete courses within the supplementary skills training program.

We will announce at a later date when a top up can be requested if supplementary skills rebate has already been claimed.

No limit to the cost of the course.

No limit to the number of courses funded.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant is substantially involved within the construction industry of Western Australia.

Applicant is delivering construction works within the designated disaster area.

Short course is completed within the DRCTG time period.

Short course is offered by a Registered Training Organisation within Western Australia.

Construction works must fall within the following areas:

Wooroloo Bushfires

  • City of Swan
  • Shire of Mundaring

Cyclone Seroja

  • City of Greater Geraldton
  • Shire of Carnamah
  • Shire of Carnarvon
  • Shire of Chapman Valley
  • Shire of Coorow
  • Shire of Dalwallinu
  • Shire of Dandaragan
  • Shire of Irwin
  • Shire of Morawa
  • Shire of Mount Marshall
  • Shire of Northampton
  • Shire of Perenjori
  • Shire of Shark Bay
  • Shire of Three Springs
  • Shire of Koorda

Funding is available for two years backdated to the date of Declaration:

  • Wooroloo Bushfires               From 02/02/2021 to 02/02/2023
  • Cyclone Seroja                       From 09/04/2021 to 09/04/2023

    DRCTG Apprentice Grant and Supplementary Skills Subsidy FAQ's

  • To apply for the grant please go to our website ctf.wa.gov.au/disaster-recover-grant to check eligibility and download the DRCTG form.  Once you have completed the form, please complete and send to info@ctf.wa.gov.au

    If successful, CTF will process and arrange payment of the claim.

  • To apply for the grant please go to our website ctf.wa.gov.au/disaster-recovery-grant to check eligibility and download the DRCTG form.  Once you have completed the form, please complete and send to info@ctf.wa.gov.au

    If successful, CTF will process and arrange payment of the claim.

  • No, there is only one grant per employer regardless of how many apprentices you employ.

  • We certainly can. You can find the eligibility criteria on our website or feel free to drop us a mail at info@ctf.wa.gov.au or call us on (08) 9244 010.

  • Host employers and apprentices can apply and will receive the grant direct from the CTF.

  • CTF will use your contact details supplied by the GTO to submit a claim. If you believe you are eligible and haven’t heard from CTF please contact info@ctf.wa.gov.au

  • Applications are open from 2nd December 2021. Claims can be backdated from 02/02/2021 for areas related to the Wooroloo bushfires and from 09/04/2021 for areas related to Cyclone Seroja.

  • Please contact CTF by emailing info@ctf.wa.gov.au or call us on (08) 9244 010.

  • For more information on the Disaster Recovery Construction Training Grant please call us on (08) 9244 010.

  • Yes, you can appeal a decision. Please contact info@ctf.wa.gov.au or call us on (08) 9244 010 to discuss the process.

  • There are a number of checks to be eligible for the 100% subsidy. Firstly, the applicant must be substantially involved in the construction industry in Western Australia and have worked in the disaster affected areas within the time periods stated. The course must also be offered by a Registered Training Organisation within Western Australia.

  • All approved short courses offered by Registered Training Organisations in Western Australia listed under the current Construction Training Fund’s Supplementary Skills Program are eligible for the 100% subsidy.

    Once you have your course details you can contact the CTF by emailing info@ctf.wa.gov.au or calling us on (08) 9244 0100.  CTF will verify if the course meets requirements.

    If you have done your course via a bulk billing RTO there is no requirement to claim again.

  • There is no limit to the number of courses you can claim the subsidy for as long as you are eligible and they commence and are successfully completed within in the approved time period.

  • The process for applying will be ready early in 2022.  Claims will be backdated to the start of each disaster.

  • No, there is no limit to the cost of the course.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.