Step safely into construction with PPE

Free construction boots and hard hats are available to eligible NSW JobTrainer construction students through participating Smart and Skilled providers.

20 September 2021
Construction worker wearing PPE

If you want to work in the general and civil construction industry, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential. Free construction boots and hard hats are available to eligible NSW JobTrainer construction students through participating Smart and Skilled providers.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an essential requirement for students who wish to participate in training in the general and civil construction industry.

In some instances, the Commonwealth Government’s jobactive program subsidies the cost of PPE for unemployed students. For those students not eligible for Commonwealth support, they may experience financial hardship purchasing PPE, buy sub-standard equipment or may be unable to participate in training at all due to the expensive cost of PPE.

The NSW Department of Education aims to remove this barrier by providing free PPE packs to eligible NSW JobTrainer - Construction students. It also helps you be 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?

Students must be enrolled in part qualification construction training under NSW JobTrainer – Construction only. PPE must be required to participate in training. Students who have already commenced training are eligible for PPE packs provided they are still in training and commenced 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 discuss your claim directly with your training provider to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.

You can get a PPE student eligibility declaration form from your training provider. Once completed, you 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 and;

● 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 the NSW Department of Education, 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 31 December 2021. PPE packs cannot be supplied to students who have completed training.

Are school students eligible for free PPE packs?

Yes – school students under the School Student Waiver are eligible for SfR Construction and therefore eligible for PPE packs, provided that the PPE is required for their training.

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

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

To find out more information please contact:

1. Your registered training provider

2. the Skilling for Recovery – Construction team at

  • Skills NSW
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