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Critical Skills Fund to deliver training to thousands of workers


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Thousands of workers in the resource, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors will benefit from $28 million of Australian Government funding to ease critical skills shortages.

Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, today announced successful projects under the $200 million Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF), which in partnership with industry, will train new workers and up-skill existing workers to meet demand.

“The projects will support training for more than 7500 workers from small, medium and large businesses, including more than 1500 new workers in the critical industry sectors of resources, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy,” Senator Evans said.

“Almost half this training will be in regional Australia, including almost 1000 training places in remote locations.”

With Government and industry contributions, the successful projects are worth more than $41 million.

“Working in partnership with industry is the best way to target our training investment and puts industry at the heart of the training process,” Senator Evans said.

“Together we can boost workforce participation and meet the demand for skilled labour.”

Included are projects to up-skill senior tradespeople for frontline management jobs and specialist roles in mining and civil construction, training for workers in mining and quarrying and training for new and existing workers in rail operations to support resource projects.

The CSIF is a key part of the National Workforce Development Fund, a component of the Government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce (BAFW) initiative.

BAFW is a $3 billion investment and one of the largest skills packages in the nation’s history.

For more information on the Critical Skills Investment Fund and the National Workforce Development Fund, visit:

A list of projects is attached.