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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
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.

Enquiries: Phone 03 6165 6012 or email

Successful contracts:

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.

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.