Release type: Joint Media Release


Morrison Government delivers highest trade apprenticeships on record in Dunkley


The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Acting Minister for Education and Youth
Senator the Hon Jane Hume
Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy
Minister for Women's Economic Security

The Morrison Government has delivered record levels of trade apprenticeships across Dunkley as trade apprentices continue to surge to record high levels across the country – hitting 220,000. 
New department program data demonstrates trade apprenticeships hit over 1540 in Dunkley in September 2021, the highest number on record and an increase of 41 per cent since Labor left office.
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business Stuart Robert said the milestone cemented the Morrison Government as the best friend tradies in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula have ever had. 
‘Frankston and the surrounding region is in the midst of an apprenticeships boom, there has never been as many Australians having a crack at a trade apprenticeship than today right here.
‘Our record funding of $13 billion in skills and training funding through the pandemic has secured a generation of local Australian apprentices through the greatest shock since the Great Depression.
‘With the economy firing again, hundreds of thousands of jobs available and billions of dollars of skills funding on the table this is a once in a generation opportunity for Aussies to get into a career that will last a lifetime.’
Senator for Victoria Jane Hume said this data shows the Liberal Government is delivering for the Frankston community. 
‘Despite the challenges of the pandemic, this new data demonstrates the strength and resilience of the Australian economy and that new jobs are being created right here in Victoria.
‘The facts speak for themselves, under Labor the youth unemployment rate was 12.7 per cent – it's 9.3 per cent today. The unemployment rate has been coming down and jobs are being created.’
Evidencing the positive impacts of the Morrison Government’s record funding of skills and training, the number of Australians undertaking skills and training has surged with total in-training apprenticeships and traineeships for September 2021 at 355,488 up from 264,585 in September 2020.
Apprenticeship commencements have risen significantly across all states and territories since the Morrison Government’s $3.9 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage support was introduced in October 2020, which has recently been backed in by the $716 million Completing Apprenticeships Commencements wage support.
The current surge in apprenticeships contrasts with the experience of the final year of the former Labor Government, which according to official NCVER data saw the number of apprentices and trainees in-training collapse by 22 per cent, or 111,300 from June 2012 to June 2013.

This was as a direct result of policy changes introduced by the Gillard Labor Government in 2012 aimed at addressing widespread rorting of incentive payments to employers, which led to the sharp decline in traineeships witnessed from 2013.
In Dunkley apprentices and trainees in-training fell 35 per cent in Labor’s final year in office (Jun 12 – June 13).