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Skills Fund

The Skills Fund program subsidises the cost of training across a range of qualifications to build a productive and competitive workforce.

The Skills Fund gives priority to investing in skills for growth and investing in people and their futures by focusing on:

a. a more efficient and competitive training system;
b. a greater focus on delivering real skills for real jobs; and
c. investing in skills that drive State growth.

The Skills Fund Program subsidises the cost of training across a range of qualifications to build a productive and competitive workforce, focusing on priority industries and employment outcomes.  Two key requirements of all the programs identified in the Skills Fund is the:

  • performance level of the Endorsed RTO, and
  • relationship between RTO and their industry partnerships

Skills Fund Program Guidelines | PDF 779KB
Demand Led Program
Special Releases
Seasonal Industries Program
Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Employability Skills Service
Other information


Deb Doherty
03 6165 6012

Demand Led Program

The Skills Fund has two streams - Existing worker and Jobseeker

The Existing Worker stream is aimed at supporting existing workers attain skills to further their careers and support workforce stability.  Whilst training is heavily subsidised, contributions for full qualifications and skill sets will be required based on the size of any organisation named in the application process.

The Jobseeker stream is aimed to support individuals attain skills via full qualifications or skill sets. There is no contribution required. Qualifications can be chosen from Certificate II to Certificate IV.

Successful tender applicants:

Skills Fund – special releases

The Special Release program supports emerging or identified priority demand, but is still in line with Tasmanian Government policy on Investing in Skills for Growth and the Department of State Growth’s Ministerial Priorities for Training and Workforce Development.

The selection criteria and reporting obligations for each program may differ. The requirements of each program are available on the relevant application form. This form will be released during the grant round relevant to that program of the Skills Fund.

Enquiries about this program should be directed to the Contact Officer, Deb Doherty, phone 03 6165 6012.

Skills Fund – Seasonal Industries Program

This pilot program supports employers to 'gear up' their workforce for the busy seasons and assist Tasmanians to access seasonal work as jobs become available.

Seasonal industries, such as food and agribusiness, tourism and hospitality in Tasmania have been identified as crucial to the future of the state's sustainable regional economic growth. Specialised training therefore is key to ensuring these sectors have a skilled workforce when needed.

The aim of the program is to:

  • ensure industry sectors have access to a skilled workforce at times of need  
  • ensure individuals have the skills to access and maintain employment opportunities in the region they reside  
  • contribute to the growth of regional communities.

This pilot program will focus on specific regions and encourage innovative responses to the skill needs of these industry sectors:

  • primary industries / seasonal agriculture  
  • tourism (including food tourism)  
  • hospitality (focussing on technical skills).

The training to be provided must be nationally recognised and is restricted to Tasmanian industry nominated skill sets only. The skill sets must reflect training that will provide access to seasonal work or improve the skills of seasonal workers to enable them to do their job, do it better and/or more efficiently.

Individuals targeted by this program must be Tasmanian and reside in the region. They can be existing workers, jobseekers (both registered and non-registered), or volunteers (events/festival only) and will be able to access the program multiple times depending on their need.

The tender is now finalised.

Successful tender applicants:

Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Employability Skills Service

This specialist service is now available to training organisations that are contracted to deliver training to a range of individuals under contestable programs Career Start and Jobseekers Skills Fund.

The approved RTOs to deliver this service are:

Work & Training Avidity Training
Harry Atkinson 
0400 103 136
Monica Wiggins 
03 6339 2813 / 0412 707 397

This group will work with you to support your learners providing them with appropriate LLN and or Employability Skills training to enable them to successfully complete their training. Only learners enrolled in Career Start or Jobseeker programs are eligible.

Other Information

Work Placements

The Work Placement Resources Kit, jointly funded by Skills Tasmania and TasTAFE, is provided as a good practice example of how you might organise, undertake and review VET Work Placements. It is provided under a creative commons attribution share-alike 3.0 licence which means you can customise it for your own purposes, giving credit to the original developers.

Enquiries: Deb Doherty

Work Ready Resource available

The Work Readiness Project conducted by the TCCI and funded by Skills Tasmania in 2015 has developed a new tool to support employers, jobseekers and RTOs to understand the skills and attributes that employers require when recruiting for work ready employees. This resource may be of use to you when engaging with jobseekers for your programs and preparing them for possible employment opportunities.

Qualities Employers are looking for in Employees| PDF 1MB

Program Change Requests

For change requests to the number of places or qualifications please download and submit the Program Change Request form.