JobTrainer Fund

As part of its economic response to COVID-19, the Australian Government provided free or low-fee training courses across the nation through its JobTrainer Fund.

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As part of the 2020-21 Budget and 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government partnered with state and territory governments to establish a $2 billion JobTrainer Fund. The Australian Government committed $500 million in 2020-21 and $500 million in 2021-22, with matched contributions from state and territory governments, to support around 463,000 enrolments in free or low fee training places for job seekers and young people (including school leavers) to upskill or reskill in areas of identified skills need. This included an additional 33,800 aged care training places and 10,000 places for Australians to gain valuable digital skills.

As of December 2022, the JobTrainer Fund supported more than 562,000 enrolments and over 206,000 course completions in areas of skills need.

The National Partnership between the Australian Government and states and territories can be accessed on the Council on Federal Financial Relations website.

Enrolment into JobTrainer training places ceased on the 31 December 2022.

Further information on how the Australian Government is supporting more Australian's to access TAFE can be found on the Your Career website and DEWR website.