October’s federal budget included a number of announcements focusing on improving access to training and skills.
- 480,000 fee-free TAFE and community-based vocational education places targeted to priority groups including First Nations people, young people, job seekers, unpaid carers, women in non-traditional fields of study and people with disability, over 4 years.
- $50 million TAFE Technology Fund to modernise TAFEs and training facilities.
- Establish Jobs and Skills Australia to strengthen workforce planning, help address workforce shortages and build long-term capacity in priority sectors.
- Develop an Australian Skills Guarantee which will ensure that one in 10 workers on major Commonwealth-funded projects is an apprentice, trainee or a paid cadet.
- Negotiate a 5-year National Skills Agreement commencing in 2024 to ensure vocational education and training is supported over the long-term.