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An Introduction to the CTF Levy

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To help offset training costs, Construction Training Fund (CTF) collects a 0.2% levy on building projects and returns the revenue back into the industry via training subsidies and programs. The construction levy is collected on all projects in Western Australia and is valued at over $20,000 and benefits employers, current and future workers, and the wider community.

What is the CTF levy?

The levy applies to all residential, commercial and civil engineering works in Western Australia greater than $20,000 in value, including construction projects in the resources sector. The project owner must pay the levy before construction commences, regardless of whether a permit is required.

The levy is calculated at 0.2% of the estimated value of construction. The estimate includes the materials needed, labour, necessary services, payable fees, overheads, profit margin and GST.

If you have questions about the levy, please contact us at (08) 9244 0100 or by email. Our team is here to help.

Why was the CTF levy introduced?

The levy is a way for the revenue of building projects to go back into the industry. The initiatives it funds benefit employers, current and future workers, and the wider community. 

CTF is a Statutory Authority that connects you with these initiatives to reduce the costs of employing apprentices and trainees, and career retraining and upskilling. Through the levy, we can help you secure a pipeline of diverse talent and give construction workers a positive boost to their careers.

What’s the CTF levy used for?

Its primary use is to support and grow the construction industry, while developing a safe, skilled and sustainable workforce the industry needs. 

It’s used across the four sectors (resources, residential, commercial and civil) to help support, train and upskill workers. The levy is a practical way to counteract the unique vulnerabilities in the construction industry, making it safer, more reliable and efficient.

Revenue generated from the levy comes with multiple benefits including:

✓ Providing assistance to employers of trainees and apprentices

✓ Supporting trainees and apprentices in gaining essential trade skills in a competitive industry

Does the CTF levy apply to you?

The construction industry levy applies to all construction work within Western Australia valued at more than $20,000 (including GST). This applies to buildings (residential, commercial, industrial, some mining, oil and gas facilities) and non-buildings (civil, engineering, groundworks, fences).

This includes construction, erection, installation, reconstruction, re-erection, renovation, alteration, demolition, maintenance, or repair activities.

It also applies to construction work that does not require a building permit.

The levy does not apply to:

  • Work that does not involve construction, such as cleaning and inspection
  • Construction work with a total estimated value of less than $20,000
  • Agricultural work, unless a building permit is required
  • Construction work on foreign missions and consulates
  • Soft landscaping, lift and escalator work, and creating fire breaks

How do I pay the CTF levy?

Business owners can pay the levy through the CTF Portal

The Portal is simple and user-friendly; however, if you are a first time user we recommend reading the Portal Registration Guide and How to Pay a Levy Process Guide.

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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.