The Better Linkages Project is an initiative administered by the ACT Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform. It aims to improve the relationship, or ‘linkages’ between Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and Job Search Agencies (JSAs), leading to improved training and employment outcomes for job seekers in Canberra and the ACT.

The Project focuses on the non-­traditional areas of the building and construction industry – high risk licensing and general construction/ trade assistants; and also incorporates a training component for a number of unemployed jobseekers in the Canberra Region.

The project has a wide range of support from local industry stakeholders such as the Construction Industry Training Council (CITC), Construction Charitable Works (CCW), OzHelp, Bricklayer Training Australia, Creative Safety Initiatives, as well as from Government and local Job Search Agencies.

The new Jade Apartments and Commercial at Gungahlin

New Project by Nikias Diamond Construction at old Magnet Mart Gungahlin



Trade Assistant/Labourer
A builder’s labourer assists on construction sites and helps write my paper other trades people with a range of manual site preparation work. They are skilled workers able to use a range of construction tools.

Types of jobs you can do as a Trade Assistant.
Construction Worker
Formwork Carpenter
Metal Roof Plumber
Painting & Decorating
Steel Fixing
Stone Mason

High Risk Occupations
You may need to get an ACT High Risk Work Licence to do some jobs in the building and construction industry in Canberra. This involves training and assessment from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

High Risk occupations in the ACT include:
Boom-Type Elevating Work Platform Operator
Concrete Placing Boom
Forklift Operator
Non-Slewing Mobile Crane Operator
Personal & Materials Hoist
Plant Operator

If you are allowed to work in Australia, you may be able to do an Australian Apprenticeships. Apprenticeship are available to school-leavers, and job-seekers re-entering the workforce or changing their career.

There are a number of useful websites that provide information about Apprenticeships and Traineeships. We have provided a few links below to get you started.
Find an Apprenticeship Centre in the ACT:
School-Based Apprenticeships:

A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is a recognised training provider able to deliver nationally recognised courses, qualifications and assessment. A number of RTOs in the ACT offer construction courses.

RTOs are recognised by the Australian Government and registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). More information about RTOs can be found at
Nationally recognised training can only be awarded by an RTO.
There are a number of RTOs approved to deliver White Card and Asbestos Awareness and training for high risk occupations, in the ACT.


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