ABBTF Funding

The ABBTF programs to address the skill shortage in bricklaying are funded by a small levy on the sale of clay bricks and concrete masonry and a matching contribution from brick and block manufacturers.

The levy represents $12 on the cost of an average house and $30 for double brick construction which is prominent in Western Australia.

Brick Levy Calculation:

Clay Bricks:
  • $1.50 per thousand bricks delivered
  • Applies to units not standard brick equivalents
Concrete Masonry:
  • 7.5 cents per square metre in the wall
  • Includes all fractions
  • Pavers
  • Landscape products
  • Clay special shapes
  • Export sales
  • Inter-company yard transferred
  • Sales to participating companies

Funds collected in each state are applied to programs to address the skill shortage in the state.

Note: In Western Australia double height clay bricks attract a levy of $3 per thousand and there is no levy on the sale of concrete masonry.


ACCC Authorisation Press Release

ACCC reauthorises brick levy to help with bricklayer shortage

3 July 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF), Think Brick Australia and the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia to continue to apply a small levy on the sale of clay brick and concrete masonry products.

The funds raised will support programmes to address shortages of trained bricklayers by promoting bricklaying apprenticeships to school leavers and bricklayers, and assisting apprentices to complete their training.

“The levy makes it easier for bricklayers to take on apprentices,” ACCC Commissioner Dr Jill Walker said.

“While the levy does add about $15 to the cost of building a house, this is more than offset by the benefit to consumers of reducing delays to construction caused by bricklayer shortages.”

Authorisation provides statutory protection from court action for conduct that might otherwise raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Broadly, the ACCC may grant an authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment.

Further information is available on the public register.

Release number:
MR 174/14
Media enquiries:
Media team – 1300 138 917

Official Media Release on the ACCC website.

Issued: 3rd July 2014


Relating register records

Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation Ltd

The ACCC’s determination application for revocation of A91133 & A91166 and Substitution with Authorisation A91418 is available from the ACCC website:



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