Yesterday’s 2022—23 State Budget allocated funding to a number of initiatives designed to meet skill shortages and were informed by ideas and outcomes from the recent Perth and Regional Skills Summits. Initiatives to be funded include:
– Additional $38.4 million to keep TAFE fees low and annual fee caps across 210 priority courses through the Lower fees, local skills initiative.
– Around $200 million a year for Regional TAFEs for vocational education and training, career and employment advice, and TAFE support services.
– $216 million committed over the next four years for the TAFE capital works program to deliver state of the art facilities providing high quality, industry relevant training across WA.
– $2.4 million Regional TAFE International Student Strategy, which aims to attract international students from in-demand occupations to live, work and study in regional WA.
– $3 million for the WA Technical and Vocational Education and Training Consortium to support the development of offshore opportunities and student pipeline creation.
– Continued support for the return of international students following the reopening of the international borders through the Reconnect WA package.