Senate debates

Monday, 9 August 2021

Questions without Notice

Vocational Education and Training

2:49 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

Again, last year the Morrison government, as I've said, partnered with state and territory governments and we established the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund. The Commonwealth government provided $500 million and this was matched by contributions from state and territory governments. The initial investment will provide over 300,000 additional training places, and these are free or low fee. The key to the success of JobTrainer is that we worked with the states and territories to ensure that these places are in identified areas of labour market demand—for example, health, age care, disability care, IT and trades—for jobseekers and for young people, including school leavers. Then, as part of the 2021-22 budget, the Australian government announced it would commit a further $500 million, again to be matched by the states and territories, and we are now expanding the JobTrainer Fund by 163,000 places.


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