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Funding/subsidies for training

This page contains information on how registered training organisations (RTOs) and other eligible organisations can obtain Tasmanian Government subsidies.

Please refer to each individual program (below) for further information, including contact and grant round details. The relevant program manager or officer will be able to assist you if you have any queries regarding program specifics (i.e. guidelines, eligibility requirements and application).

If you are an RTO, 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.


Overview of grant programs

A calendar list of funding programs for 2017-18 financial year is here: 2017-18 Program

The Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) program and Work Readiness for Growth Industries program are rolling programs and do not have set funding rounds.

Small business can access support services to take on an apprentice or trainee as part of the Supporting Small Business with Apprenticeships and Traineeships program until 30 June 2018.


New programs / initiatives

Targeted Apprentice and Trainee Grant for Small Business program

The Targeted Apprentice and Trainee Grant for Small Business is a grants program aimed at increasing the number of apprentices and trainees employed in identified industries.

The program replaces the Small Business Grant to support Apprentices and Trainees pilot program effective as at 23 May 2018.

Under the program, employers in eligible target industries who are not eligible to claim the Payroll Tax Rebate (Apprentices, Trainees and Youth Employees), can apply for a subsidy of up to $5,000 for each apprentice or trainee they employ as a new worker from 23 May 2018 onwards.  

The initial focus of the program will be on businesses in the building and construction, tourism, hospitality and manufacturing industries who have a real need for skilled labour and play a critical role in driving economic and employment growth.


Current programs

Please check each program for information on grant round dates.

Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) Program - subsidies for apprentice and trainee training and assessment

The User Choice program is an annual program that provides training subsidies to Skills Tasmania endorsed registered training organisations(RTOs) to help cover the cost of providing training and assessment services for nationally recognised qualifications to Tasmanian apprentices and trainees. The 2018 User Choice grants program is now open for eligible RTOs to apply. Eligible RTOs who wish to apply for a 2018 User Choice agreement can find all relevant documentation and forms here.

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Supporting Small Business with Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

Through the Supporting Small Business with Apprenticeships and Traineeships program small businesses are be able to access to a range of services that will make it easier to take on an apprentice or trainee. Services may include:

  • assistance with obtaining business advice  
  • support to recruit the right person for the business
  • planning the apprentice’s or trainee’s job role and workplace training requirements, and
  • mentoring and advice for the small business and apprentice or trainee.

The list of funded organisations engaged to assist small businesses and further information is here.

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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.

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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


Small Business Grant to support Apprentices and Trainees Pilot Program

This program has now closed.

The $5 million Small Business Grant to support Apprentices and Trainees pilot program was introduced in the 2017 18 Budget to support the employment of more apprentices and trainees in small business.

As of 22 May 2018 the Small Business Grant to support Apprentices and Trainees Pilot Program is closed to new applications. The Pilot Program was highly successful and is now fully subscribed. The Pilot Program has supported over 1300 Tasmanians into new apprenticeships and traineeships with small businesses.

Applications for the Small Business Grant to support Apprentices and Trainees Pilot Program will continue to be accepted where they relate to training contracts that commence on or before 22 May 2018. Applications that relate to training contracts that commence on or after 23 May 2018 cannot be accepted under the Pilot Program.

Any applications approved for the Pilot Program will still receive payment of the grant at the time the payments are due. This is provided that the applicant meets and continues to meet the eligibility criteria at the time the payment falls due.

Guidelines for the Small Business Grant to support Apprentices and Trainees | PDF 204KB

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Work Readiness for Growth Industries Program

This program has now closed.

The Work Readiness for Growth Industries program aims at ensuring Tasmanian employers have access to the skills they need to drive future growth in our economy. The program assists young Tasmanian jobseekers to find entry level employment, focussing on building and construction, agriculture, aged care, tourism and hospitality, disability support and advanced manufacturing.


How do I access funding and how do I report?

Funding flowchart

This flowchart highlights the various funding programs available and the process of applying for them.

Endorsed RTO System

Registration as a Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO is the gateway for an RTO's eligibility to apply for or participate in any Skills Tasmania program that includes the delivery of nationally recognised government subsidised training in Tasmania. RTOs who wish to deliver Tasmanian Government funded training must apply to be endorsed before applying for or participating in any of the programs managed by Skills Tasmania.

2015-2017 Skills Tasmania Agreement

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

Reporting and payment information

Where there is a Skills Tasmanian Agreement in place, providers with students funded by Skills Tasmania must submit data in accordance the Agreement. This is otherwise referred to as an AVETMISS data submission. Skills Tasmania’s AVETMISS data and payment processes are linked so that claims for payment are integrated with mandatory data reporting.

Government Funded VET Activity – Tasmania: A Guide for Registered Training Organisations | PDF 701KB | updated August 2017
Provides further detail to assist RTOs regarding reporting and payments.

Deed of Grant

For the Training and Work Pathways and Workforce Development programs, successful applicants will receive a Deed of Grant, which takes the place of a Skills Tasmania Agreement. This Deed, or contract, outlines the approved activities and other requirements for the applicant, such as reporting arrangements.

For the Work Readiness for Growth Industries (WRGI) Program successful applicants will receive a Deed of Grant, or contract, which outlines the approved activities and other requirements, such as reporting arrangements. As the WRGI Program also includes nationally recognised training, registered training organisations (RTOs) delivering this training will be party to the Skills Tasmania Agreement which sets out the terms and conditions for the purchase of nationally recognised vocational education and training.