JobTrainer Fund

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

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As part of the 2020-21 Budget, the Australian Government partnered with state and territory governments to establish a $1 billion JobTrainer Fund. The Australian Government committed $500 million in 2020-21, with matched contributions from state and territory governments, to support around 300,000 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.

As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced it would commit an additional $500 million to extend the program until 31 December 2022. The extension of the Fund is supporting a further 163,000 additional training places, including an additional 33,800 aged care training places and 10,000 places for Australians to gain valuable digital skills.

From August 2020 to June 2022, the JobTrainer Fund supported more than 448,000 enrolments and over 148,000 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.


Job seekers and young people, including school leavers, can take advantage of subsidised training to learn skills for jobs in demand. Under the extension, any Australian who wants to enrol in an aged care, digital skills, disability care or childcare qualification can also access a JobTrainer place, regardless of their age, employment status or prior qualifications.  

JobTrainer funding is available for full qualifications and short courses, based on a list agreed between the National Skills Commission and state and territory governments. State and territory governments are responsible for determining which qualifications and short courses to prioritise from the agreed list, focusing on training in areas of anticipated employment growth.

Further information on JobTrainer training places is on the Your Career website and the My Skills website.

Free or low-fee courses

Learn skills for jobs in demand like health, aged and disability care, IT and trades.

The first training places under JobTrainer are now available.