JobTrainer Fund

As part of its economic response to COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing free or low-fee training courses across the nation through its JobTrainer Fund.

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As part of the 2020-21 Budget, the Australian Government partnered with state and territory governments to establish a $1 billion JobTrainer Fund. The Australian Government committed $500 million in 2020-21, with matched contributions from state and territory governments. This first phase of the JobTrainer Fund is supporting more than 270,000 enrolments in free or low fee training places for job seekers and young people (including school leavers) to upskill or reskill in areas of identified skills need. 

As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced it would commit an additional $500 million, to be matched by state and territory governments, to extend the program until 31 December 2022. Subject to state and territory agreement this will bring the total funding available for free and low-fee training under the Fund to $2 billion. The extension of the Fund will support a further 163,000 additional training places.

Eligibility

Job seekers and young people, including school leavers, can take advantage of subsidised training to learn skills for jobs in demand. Under the extension, any Australian who wants to enrol in an aged care, digital skills, disability care or childcare qualification can also access a JobTrainer place, regardless of their age, employment status or prior qualifications.

JobTrainer funding is available for full qualifications and short courses, based on a list agreed between the National Skills Commission and state and territory governments. State and territory governments are responsible for determining which qualifications and short courses to prioritise from the agreed list, focusing on training in areas of anticipated employment growth.

Training places under JobTrainer are now available. Further information on the JobTrainer Fund is available on the Your Career website and the My Skills website.

Free or low-fee courses

Learn skills for jobs in demand like health, aged and disability care, IT and trades.

The first training places under JobTrainer are now available.