The Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) supports the training of apprentices and trainees to help employers gain skilled workers to drive innovation and growth.
The Skilling Australians Fund was established as an ongoing arrangement by the Australian Government in 2017 to ensure the businesses that benefit from employing migrants are also skilling Australians. From 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2022, the Fund has been managed through the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund.
Under the National Partnership the Fund has assisted in the delivery of state and territory projects as set out in individual bilateral agreements between the Australian Government and the six participating states and territories. These projects aimed to deliver improved employment outcomes by supporting Australians to obtain the skills and training they needed in industries and occupations in demand, by increasing the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships, pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships, and other employment-related training opportunities.
Since 2017, the Fund has provided over $854 million, matched by the states and territories, for projects that have supported over 269,000 additional apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.
More information is available on the Skilling Australians Fund Factsheet.
The National Partnership and individual agreements between the Australian Government and the participating states can be accessed on the Council on Federal Financial Relations website.