Skilling Australians Fund


The Australian Government is committed to working with industry to ensure the vocational education and training (VET) sector responds effectively and efficiently to the skills required by employers and supporting apprentices and trainees through the Skilling Australians Fund (the SAF).

A renewed focus on apprenticeships and traineeships will boost the number of people who choose and succeed in this pathway and help address skills shortages across Australia. Read the Skilling Australians Fund Fact Sheet for more information.

The Government has made funding available for the SAF between 2017–18 to 2021–22. With matched funding from states and territories, the SAF will grow the number of apprentices and trainees to support Australia's future productivity, jobs and growth.

In 2017–18, the Government provided around $187 million from the SAF to support approximately 50,000 additional apprentices, trainees, pre-apprentices, pre-trainees and employment-related training commencements. These projects were funded ahead of the commencement of the SAF National Partnership Agreement (NPSAF). Read the 2017-18 Projects Factsheet for more information.

The SAF is being managed through this project-based NPSAF with states that commenced on 1 July 2018. Under this, there is an emphasis on accountability, transparency and the delivery of clear outcomes. Funding will be prioritised towards apprenticeships and traineeships across a range of key priority areas.

Six states have signed the Agreement: New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.