Step safely into construction with Personal Protective Equipment


If you want to work in the general and civil construction industry, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential.

The good news is that, in some instances, the Commonwealth Government’s jobactive program covers the cost of PPE for unemployed students. 

Some students may experience:

  • financial hardship purchasing PPE,
  • buying sub-standard equipment
  • being unable to participate in training at all due to the expensive cost of PPE.

The NSW Department of Education (DoE) aims to remove this barrier by providing free PPE packs to eligible NSW JobTrainer - Construction students. It also helps you become job ready for the industry.

What does the PPE pack consist of?

The PPE pack consists of a pair of wheat coloured, ankle length, steel capped, lace-up construction boots and a white hard hat.

Both items comply with Australian Safety Standards.

Who is eligible to receive a PPE pack?

To be eligible, students must have:

  • enrolled in a NSW JobTrainer – Construction part qualification training by 30 September 2021 and;
  • commenced their training no earlier than 1 April 2021.

People applying for a free PPE pack must also fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • aged 16-24 at the commencement of training, including school students, 
  • an unemployed person
  • Commonwealth Government welfare benefit recipient*.

* Exclusions apply – students must not be in receipt of Jobactive financial assistance for PPE or an existing worker in the construction industry.

How do students access PPE packs?

DoE has arranged for PPE packs to be provided to training providers for eligible students. 

If you're interested you should disscuss your claim directly with your training provider to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.

You can get a PPE student eligibility declaration form from your training provider. Once completed, yous need to return the form to your training provider.

To be eligible for the free PPE, you need to confirm on the eligibility declaration form that you:

  • do not already own appropriate construction boots and a hard hat
  • are not eligible for financial assistance from Jobactive (or other government assistance) to cover the costs of their PPE. 

What happens once a student returns the eligibility declaration form to his/her training provider?

Sit back and relax. Your training provider will take care of the rest.

PPE packs will be shipped directly to providers for distribution to students at the commencement of training.

When will eligible students receive their free PPE pack?

From the date a provider submits the order to DoE, it will take at least ten working days for providers to receive PPE packs. 

Can this initiative be applied retrospectively for students who have already completed a NSW JobTrainer – Construction part qualification? 

No – PPE packs are only available for students who have recently enrolled and commenced training no earlier than 1 April 2021, or students who have enrolled by 30 September 2021. PPE packs cannot be supplied to students who have completed training. 

Are school students eligible for free PPE packs?

Yes – a waiver has been applied meaning NSW school students (who are 16-24years of age) are eligible to enrol in fee-free general construction induction (white card) training under the NSW JobTrainer – Construction initiative. This means they are also eligible to receive a free PPE pack.

It is preferable that current school student candidates for free PPE packs be students who are continuing into a VET construction pathway or employment in the general and civil construction industry.

When do orders for free PPE packs need to be submitted?

Free PPE packs can be ordered by providers until 31 October 2021 (for students enrolled no later than 30 September 2021).

To find out more information please contact:

  1. Your registered training provider
  2. the Skilling for Recovery – Construction team at