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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

Demand Led Program
Special Releases
Other information


Deb Doherty
03 6165 6012

Demand Led Program

Skills Fund Grant ST044 now open

The Department of State Growth, through Skills Tasmania, is seeking submissions from Endorsed RTOs to provide training to individuals working or wanting to work in a range of industries.  The Skills Fund Demand Led grant is designed to support business and industry growth in Tasmania and gives priority to investing in skills for growth and investing in people and their futures by focussing on:

  • industries where there is a strong demonstrated need and priority for skill development;
  • a more efficient and competitive training system;
  • a greater focus on delivering real skill or real jobs; and
  • investing in skills that drive state growth.


The application period is open from Saturday, 2 September and closes 2:00pm, Tuesday, 3 October 2017.

The application process will be conducted via an online grant application service, powered by the SmartyGrants platform via the browser of your choosing.

The application form can be accessed at

It is strongly recommended that applicants download and read the RTO Guide to the application process, eligibility criteria and conditions before proceeding with the application.  

Download the RTO Guide | PDF 660KB

Application Templates

Applicants will be required to complete and upload the following templates:

The partner support templates must be used to address the criteria for Partner Support:

Existing Worker


Mind the Gap


The Cost Calculator is available for download to help identify the full cost person.  The Cost Calculator calculates the cost of the qualification or skill set using a base cost per hour and multiplies the Field of Education Weighting.  Each qualification level attracts a different subsidy price.    


Webinars will be held next week using the Goto Webinar system:

  • Webinar 1 – 10:00am, Tuesday, 5 September (AEST). Register here.
  • Webinar 2 – 2:00pm, Thursday, 7 September (AEST).  Register here.

For more information including objectives, eligibility and the application process please contact Deb Doherty on 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.