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, to support around 300,000 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 extend the program until 31 December 2022. The extension of the Fund supported a further 163,000 additional training places, including an additional 33,800 aged care training places and 10,000 places for Australians to gain valuable digital skills.
The JobTrainer Fund has been further extended as part of the 2022-23 Budget, with the Australian Government announcing an additional investment of $48.5 million over two years, contingent on matched funding from states. This will make available an additional 15,000 free or low fee aged care training places and bring total investment under JobTrainer to $2.1 billion, funding more than 478,000 training places in partnership with state and territory governments.
The extension and expansion of JobTrainer will help to address the increase in demand for skilled care workers, particularly aged care, supporting existing care workers to get the skills they need and providing affordable access to training for new care workers. It will also provide more training places to support the growing demand in Australia’s digital workforce.
Since its commencement in October 2020, the JobTrainer Fund has supported more than 350,000 enrolments and over 100,000 course completions in areas of skills need.
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.
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.