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Investing in Vocational Education and Training for Tomorrow

Ministers:

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

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today called for applications from vocation education and training institutes for funding under the $200 million Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow program.

Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow is the second element of the Rudd Government’s $500 million Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training.

The Rudd Government announced the $500 million Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training as part of a $4.7 billion nation-building infrastructure package to support Australia’s economy.

This initiative will stimulate the economy by supporting jobs, whilst also investing in skilling Australia for a productive future.

The $200 million in funding available under the Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow element is for the development or upgrade of infrastructure, plant and equipment to skill Australians for the future.

Under this element TAFE institutes and other eligible applicants are able to apply for competitive grants of up to $10 million to:

  • Adjust to the emerging training needs of the local economies in which they operate.
  • Enhance the visibility and capacity of the training system to meet industry’s emerging green skills requirements.

This builds on the first element of the Government’s Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training, Better TAFE Facilities.

Under the $200 million Better TAFE Facilities element, all TAFEs across Australia are eligible to receive funding of between $2 million and $8 million to help meet immediate maintenance needs, small capital works and equipment and plant purchase.

An announcement on the successful projects to be funded under this first element will be made shortly.

A third program element, Investing in Community Education and Training (ICET), will invest $100 million in enhancing training facilities for the community education and training sector.

The ICET element of the program will have a competitive application process for smaller capital grants of up to $250,000 (GST exclusive) and larger capital grants of up to $1.5 million (GST exclusive). Applications for funding will open in May.

It is critical that we continue to invest in education and training in these difficult times to ensure Australians have the skills they need to participate in the workforce when the economy begins to recover.

Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow guidelines are available online at www.deewr.gov.au/tlcfvet.