Release type: Joint Media Release


Boosting Skills and Training in South Australia


The Hon Simon Crean MP
Minister for Education
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion

Education Minister Simon Crean and Innovation Minister Kim Carr today announced the Federal Government will invest $38.2 million in two education and training projects to boost the supply of health and construction skills in South Australia.

The University of South Australia will receive $30 million for a new, student-centred, technology-rich health learning hub -Participate@UniSA. The Commonwealth is contributing $30 million to the $95.9 million project.

Civil Train SA will receive $8.2 million towards the $12.8 millionCivil Train Highway to Skilling Industryproject that will deliver training on six new training simulators.

“The Gillard Government is investing in the growth sectors of health and construction sectors that are crucial to the South Australian economy,” said Mr Crean.

“We are investing in the education and training of South Australians that will give them world-class skills that are in demand around the globe.”

“The two projects combined will eventually benefit up to 20,000 South Australians students a year,” Mr Crean said.

“With the Commonwealth investment in these two major projects, South Australia will be better positioned Australia to meet its skills needs and lift its innovation performance in the future,” Senator Carr said.

Participate@UniSAwill help meet the growing community need for people with skills in nursing, pharmacy, midwifery, podiatry, physiotherapy, dietetics, nutrition, and medical sciences.

“The new centre will support 1,872 additional students and 166 new onsite jobs during the construction phase, and one new research group,” Senator Carr said.

“The hub premises near the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will include a new seven-storey building, a redeveloped library space and a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary health clinics,” Mr Crean said.

The Civil Train SA project involves providing the six new simulators, redeveloping a building in Thebarton to house them, and creating a mobile training unit and simulator that will travel the State.

“TheCivil Train Highway to Skilling Industryproject is expected to reach around 5,150 students during its first three years, of which 1,500 will be from Indigenous or disadvantaged backgrounds,” said Mr Crean, speaking at Civil Train SA site in Thebarton.

“The mobile facility will visit Port Augusta, Whyalla, Flinders Ranges, the Eyre Peninsula, the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjtatjara lands and other parts of the State,” Mr Crean said.

“Students will come out of the learning programs supported by this project with job-ready civil construction skills they can use to achieve their own aspirations and benefit the communities around them,” Senator Carr said.

The funding for the two projects is the final amount from Round 3 and the Sustainability Round of the Federal Government’s Education Investment Fund.

The Australian Government has committed almost $4.2 billion from the Education Investment Fund since it was established in 2008.

“The injection of Education Investment Fund funds across the higher education, VET and research sectors is boosting participation in tertiary education, and has better positioned Australia for the future,” Senator Carr said.

For more information on EIF and the full list of successful Round 3 projects please visit