TAFE Technology Fund

The Australian Government has committed $50 million to improving TAFE campuses around Australia. The $50 million TAFE Technology Fund will support TAFEs across the country to upgrade and expand their facilities, such as laboratories, workshops, and IT services.

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The Australian Government is committed to putting TAFE at the centre of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The Government is investing $50 million for TAFEs to upgrade facilities and ensure TAFE is delivering training to standards expected by students and industry.

There were 14 tranche-1 projects initially committed across 5 states and territories that were funded under the TAFE Technology Fund. These commitments are valued at $28.2 million and are being implemented with state and territory governments. 

The balance of the fund ($21.8 million) was allocated amongst projects proposed by state and territory governments for their TAFEs through a competitive merit process in 2023. 24 proposals for small infrastructure projects such as building and construction works to expand, upgrade, or refurbish TAFE facilities and buildings, purchasing or upgrading specialist-training equipment, and investing in technological infrastructure were submitted.

The Australian Government Minister for Skills and Training has announced 6 new projects for funding. Project plans for these projects are being developed in conjunction with state and territory governments. 

All states and territories will now have at least one project funded under the TAFE Technology Fund.

•    TAFE Technology Fund Guidelines

Clean Energy Training Investment Fund

The Government has announced a $50 million capital and equipment investment fund for facilities upgrades to expand training capability across a broader set of clean energy skills and training areas. The fund is expected to assist TAFEs and industry based Registered Training Organisations equip themselves to deliver training in the clean energy sector.

The fund will have a focus on at-capacity facilities and regional, rural and remote communities experiencing workforce transitions. The clean energy training investment fund is expected to realise projects from 2025-26