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Funding/subsidies for training

This page contains information on how registered training organisation (RTOs) can obtain Government subsidies for the undertaking of training.

RTOs, please refer to individual programs (below) for further information, including contact details; the relevant program manager or officer will be able to assist you if you have any queries regarding the program (i.e. guidelines, eligibility requirements and application). The Agreements & Payment Management team can assist you with any reporting and payment enquiries.

Eligibility for funding is listed under each program, however, where the learner is eligible for a User Choice subsidy, the RTO should use this funding source in the first instance.

2016-17 Program

Listed here is the calendar of funding programs for the current financial year. All details are subject to change.

National Training Entitlement

All working age Tasmanians who meet eligibility requirements and do not hold a Certificate III or higher qualification have an entitlement to a government subsidised training place.

The National Training Entitlement is available through all subsidised programs. RTOs have obligations to determine a student's eligibility for a training entitlement and other subsidised training.

National Training Entitlement Policy [PDF 95KB]

Determining Student Eligibility for Training Entitlement  [Word 204KB]  [PDF 464KB]

Current or soon to be advertised programs

Career Start 2017

Grant closes 2:00pm, Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Supporting Small Businesses with Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

A new Tasmanian Government initiative will make it easier for small businesses to take on an apprentice or trainee. Small businesses are vital to Tasmania’s economy, comprising 96% of business in Tasmania. These businesses require support to continue to grow and improve their productivity.

$600,000 will be allocated to the Supporting Small Business with Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program over two years. Through this program more small business will gain the benefit of apprentices and trainees who can contribute to the growth of their business and are suited to their workplace needs. And just as importantly, young people will be provided with a career pathway. The program will be designed in a way that meets the needs of small business. Consultation will address the concerns and issues small businesses have about employing an apprentice or trainee; what they need help with to take the first step of employing an apprentice or trainee and what ongoing support they need to make this arrangement successful.

Phase 1
The first phase of this project that will commence in June will involve wide consultation with small business and other key stakeholders, including group training organisations, to co-design an innovative program to support small businesses to employ a trainee or apprentice. The consultation phase of this project will commence in June and continue into July.

This co-designed program will be based on small business needs identified through consultation that could include for example, assisting small business to select the right apprenticeship or traineeship for their business; recruiting the right person and managing their workplace training.

Phase 2
Once the program has been designed the second phase of the project will involve a pilot program focused on a particular industry or region. At this stage jobseekers who have completed the Work Readiness for Growth Industries Program will have the opportunity to link with small businesses for possible employment as an apprentice or trainee

Phase 2 will be evaluated and lessons learned from the pilot program will be incorporated in project design for the next phase of the project.

Phase 3
The project will be expanded to other industry or geographical areas and be offered throughout 2017 and the first half of 2018.

For further information about this project please contact Susan Bayly-Stark on 03 6165 6034 or

Work Readiness for Growth Industries Program

The Work Readiness for Growth Industries Program is a new competitive grants program aimed at ensuring Tasmanian employers have access to the skills they need to drive future growth in our economy. The Program will run over two years and has been allocated $900,000 in funding.

Guidelines are now available with the initial grant round to be launched on 15 August 2016.

Skills Fund

The Skills Fund program provides subsidised training via a range of options to suit the needs of industry and individuals. It includes: the Demand led Program, which provides subsidised training to Existing workers and Jobseekers; the Career Start Program, which offers subsidised places for full qualifications up to Certificate III level; and the Bridging and Foundation Skills Program, which provides additional training in the areas of foundation learning or work preparation.

Funding/Subsidies for apprenticeships and traineeships (User Choice)

The User Choice program is an annual program that provides training subsidies to Skills Tasmania endorsed registered training providers to help cover the cost of providing training and assessment services for nationally recognised qualifications to Tasmanian apprentices and trainees. The 2016 User Choice grants program is now open for eligible RTOs to apply. Eligible RTOs who wish to apply for a 2016 User Choice agreement can find the application, guidelines and supporting documentation here.

How do I access and report?

Funding flowchart

This flowchart, which is primarily aimed at RTOs, highlights the various funding programs available and the process of applying for them.
Note: Only Endorsed RTOs are eligible to apply for funding programs.

Endorsed RTO System

Registration as a Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO is the gateway for an RTO's eligibility to apply for Skills Tasmania programs for the delivery of government subsidised training in Tasmania. RTOs who wish to deliver Tasmanian Government funded training must apply to be endorsed before applying for any of the programs managed by Skills Tasmania and before entering into a Skills Tasmania Agreement.

2015-2017 Skills Tasmania Agreement

A Skills Tasmania Agreement will be issued only to Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTOs.

Reporting and payment information

All providers with students funded by Skills Tasmania, under certain training programs, must submit data, otherwise referred to as AVETMISS. Laurel, a purpose built application that manages funding agreements and processes RTO payments for the delivery of such training, aims to streamline business processes so that claims for payment are integrated with mandatory data reporting.

Deed of Grant

For the Adult Literacy and Equity Small Grants programs successful applicants will receive a Deed of Grant, which takes the place of a Skills Tasmania Funding Agreement. As well as being a contract that the applicant has with Skills Tasmania the Deed also outlines reporting arrangements required of the applicant.