Skilling Australians Fund


The establishment of the Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) is a major commitment by the Australian Government to ongoing funding for vocational education and training (VET) and it will have a lasting positive impact on skilling Australian workers into the future.

An estimated $1.5 billion will be available from the Commonwealth for the ongoing Fund from 2017–18 to 2020–21. With matched funding from states and territories, the Fund will support 300,000 more apprenticeships, traineeships, pre-apprenticeships, pre‑traineeships, and higher apprenticeships.

The Fund will be managed through a new project based National Partnership Agreement (NPA) with states and territories. Under the new arrangements, there will be an emphasis on strong accountability, transparency and the delivery of clear outcomes. Funding will be prioritised towards apprenticeships and traineeships across a range of key priority areas, agreed by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments.

Each state and territory will have the opportunity to develop projects for consideration by the Commonwealth. All project proposals will need to demonstrate engagement with, and support from, employers and industry. It is critical that industry contribute to shaping the success of the Fund.

Jobs and growth are underpinned by a supply of Australian workers whose skills meet industry needs. The skills sector makes a significant contribution to Australia’s economic success, future productivity and growth. In 2015, around four million VET student enrolments accounted for two thirds of all post-secondary students.

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 following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Skilling Australians Fund.

2017 National Skills Week

News | 28 August 2017

National Skills Week (28 August – 3 September) marks a time to celebrate the important contributions vocational education and training (VET) makes to the lives of many Australians. ...

The USI Transcript Service is now available

News | 22 May 2017

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) Transcript Service was launched on 22 May 2017 by Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP. ...

Australian Apprenticeships welcome new Ambassador Nathan Lyon

News | 19 May 2017

Canberra Institute of Technology graduate and champion Australian off-spin bowler, Nathan Lyon, has been appointed as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.

Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century: Joint Australian Government and OECD Workshop

News | 22 June 2016

Policy makers and industry representatives from around the world converged on Adelaide on the 2nd and 3rd of June for a skills innovation workshop - jointly hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Australian Government.

COAG Industry and Skills Council

News | 1 April 2016

The fifth skills session of the COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC) was held in Sydney on 1 April 2016.

Adult Migrant English Program Community Consultations

News | 8 July 2015

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, will host a series of community consultations on the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) following the recent completion of an independent evaluation of the programme.

Enhancements to the My Skills website launched

News | 7 July 2015

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has launched the latest round of enhancements to the My Skills website today. 

Skills Ministers meet to further skills reform agenda

News | 8 May 2015

On 8 May 2015, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham chaired a meeting of COAG Industry and Skills Council Ministers with responsibility for skills.

Australian Industry and Skills Committee established

News | 7 May 2015

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, today announced the establishment of the new Australian Industry and Skills Committee.