Senate debates

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions without Notice

Regional Australia: Employment

2:32 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) Share this | Hansard source

Senator Davey, you'd also be interested to know that, in terms of our Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements wage subsidy, which of course is supporting that new generation, that new pipeline, of skilled workers in Australia, to date around 23,000 new apprentice training contracts have been reserved under the program, by almost 12,000 businesses. And where are those businesses located? In regional Australia. Again, the Morrison government is putting in place the policies to ensure that our regional businesses, our rural businesses, have that capacity to keep those apprentices on the job where we need them.

But of course our investment does not stop there. We have a $100 million Regional Recovery Partnerships program. This partnerships program is going to supervise and coordinate investments with other levels of government to support growth and prosperity in at least 10 regions across Australia. We are putting in place the suite of policies that businesses need to prosper, grow and create more jobs. (Time expired)


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