We collect a Levy

The Construction industry levy supports employers

Get funding support to upskill your staff and ensure a safe, efficient and sustainable workforce.

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. The construction levy is on all projects in Western Australia valued at over $20,000 and benefits 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 new entrants a positive start to their careers.

What is the CTF levy?

The training 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 used to provide the industry and its people with more affordable training, skills development and career opportunities.

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, reliable and more 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 estimate 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?

It’s the responsibility of the project owner to pay the levy. The project owner is defined as the person or entity that holds the building permit.

Please visit the CTF Portal to pay the levy.

If you are a first-time user or unsure about the levy payment process, we recommended reading out support guides before using the portal. View the User Registration Guide and How to Pay a Levy Process Guide.

Some local governments also accept levy payments as part of an application for a building permit.

Levy adjustments and refunds may be applicable if the final value of the project has varied or works are cancelled. Failure to pay the construction levy will result in penalties for project owners.

When a project is valued at $500 million or more, you can apply to pay the levy by instalment.

    CTF Levy Payments FAQ's

  • The project number is your unique number for your internal reference.

    It can be any combination of letters and numbers.

  • Please check that all mandatory fields were completed:

    • Street 1
    • Issuing Authority
    • Suburb
    • Expected Date of Commencement
    • Value of Works – and please check this exceeds $20,000
    • Levy Sector
    • Project Title

    To add any of the above mandatory fields, you need to:

    • Navigate to ‘Levy’ in the top menu bar of the dashboard and click on ‘Levy management’.
    • Find the registered construction work or project you want to update. Make sure filter options are set to ‘All’.
    • Click the ‘pencil icon’ under ‘Actions’.
    • Update your details and click ‘Save’.

     

  • No. If you have entered the wrong estimated cost and/or actual cost and clicked ‘Save’, you cannot change it.

    To make changes, please contact us on (08) or levycompliance@ctf.wa.gov.au

  • Check your bulk levy upload spreadsheet is compliant.

    – Only files with these extensions will be accepted. .csv, .txt, .xls and .xlsx.
    – Do not add additional column headers. The first row contains pre-formatted column headers which are needed for mapping in Step 2.
    – Your file has plain text value only, not macros or formulas.
    – For Excel files, only the spreadsheet named ‘Sheet1’ will be uploaded. Remove any additional Sheets.
    – The values in the file should not contain sub-totals or totals rows, dollar signs or decimal points.
    – When you click ‘Upload’, your file will be read and a table will be shown with the data uploaded.

    Make sure you validate the data in the table (Step 3).

    • Ensure you have clicked on the header in the “File Column”, then the corresponding header in the “Portal Column”, then clicked on “Add Mapping”.
    • Continue this process header-by-header until all mappable fields disappear from the File Column and all mandatory fields (in green) disappear from the Portal Column.
    • If you are using a “Saved Mapping”, please contact us on 9244 0100 or at levycompliance@ctf.wa.gov.au.
    • Finally, click on “Validate Mapping” and ensure all fields show “Passed” before clicking Next.
  • We reconcile levy payments daily.

    If you have made payment by credit card or EFT, you should receive your CTF Levy Receipt within three business days of the payment date & time.

    Credit card transaction receipts (“Eway”) are issued immediately and may be used as proof of payment for permit applications.

  • Please contact us to check your Account configuration allows for levy payments.

  • Any changes to saved projects will corrupt the data that’s been sent to our system. For all changes to saved projects, please contact us.

  • We may have your details in our system from a previous payment. Please contact us for review and further assistance.

  • Users cannot remove saved projects. Please contact us to request Deactivation of the duplicate project.

    If the levy has been paid for both projects, we will provide advice for making a refund claim.

  • Please send an email to levycompliance@ctf.wa.gov.au with your Project Dand/or Batch/PO number.

    We will forward the relevant refund claim documentation.

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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.