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2020 Summit: Skills for the Carbon Challenge


The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Government will commit $25.7 million over four years to progress the 2020 Summit idea that by 2020 Australia should be the world’s leading green and sustainable economy, making a major contribution to a comprehensive global response to climate change.

Skills for the Carbon Challenge will drive the development and trial of qualifications and training resources that incorporate sustainability principles, green skills and responsive educational approaches in a number of key industries.

A green awards scheme for tertiary educators and education intuitions will be created to promote the delivery and uptake of green skills. This will be funded under the Australian Training Awards initiative for the VET sector.

The Government will develop a voluntary certification program for Registered Training Organisations to become recognised as green skill providers.

$20 million will be used to establish a pilot Skills for Sustainability Incentive Program which will provide support for approximately 5000 Australian Apprentices per year in selected National Skills Needs List occupations undertaking a threshold level of sustainability skills related training.

There will be a focus on occupations that are most affected by climate change, such as those working in plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and may be extended to encompass occupations in building and electrical trades.

The Australia 2020 Summit recognised that equipping workers and businesses with skills for sustainability will be essential if Australia is to take the opportunities presented by a transition to a low carbon, sustainable economy.

Skills for the Carbon Challenge aims to accelerate industry’s and the tertiary education sector’s response to climate change by investing in training and providing incentives for industry to take up skills for sustainability.

This initiative provides incentives for industry to take up skills for sustainability and provides national leadership in building the capacity of the tertiary education sector to supply the skills needed in the future.