All construction works that fall within the terms as prescribed by the CIPPLSL Act and the Building Act where the estimated value of those works is more than $20,000 are subject to the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund levy. The training levy is not limited to projects that require a building permit but also applies to all construction works with an estimated value of more than $20,000 not requiring a building permit, including maintenance, reconstruction, demolition, installations and repairs. The training levy is calculated at 0.2 per cent of the total value of construction and is to be paid prior to the start of the project.
The project owner is responsible for payment of the levy and reporting of project details to the CTF. Generally this is the head contractor where they are engaged to carry out, or cause to be carried out, all of the construction work. The Public Transport Authority, as Principal for awarded contacts, does not assume this responsibility and the Contractor should ensure the appropriate levy has been paid prior undertaking any construction works.
Non-payment of the BCITF levy before the start of construction work is an offence. Penalties that may apply are 100 per cent of the unpaid levy for the period that the levy is unpaid; and a fine of $20,000 for an individual or $50,000 for a body corporate.
Training Eligibility and Support
The BCITF levy is what enables the ability for the Fund to provide financial assistance to assist industry obtain and maintain an appropriately skilled workforce. Further information regarding funding can be located via the link: https://bcitf.org/funding-support.
The following link provides more detail to the skills training available to workers in the construction industry: https://bcitf.org/funding-support/skills-training.
Guidelines to eligibility and the range of programs and subsidies provided by the Construction Training Fund can be found via the following link: https://bcitf.org/upload/documents/DL20_Guidelines_July_2017.pdf.