Regional and Specialist Training Fund

The Regional and Specialist Training Fund (RSTF) is a targeted funding stream under Skills First to help meet regional industry and local community training needs across Victoria.

RSTF is designed to respond to industry-led demand for specific skills in regional and specialist areas that are not being met by the current training market. The fund will meet:

  • localised employer needs in regional Victoria (regional).
  • specialised occupations of economic significance to Victoria (specialist).

Man pushing trolley carrying potted plantsTraining providers will be assisted to deliver training by accessing higher subsidies and one-off grant payments for selected courses in specific regions. This funding will enable students to access training to meet local industry demand and specialised occupations.

RSTF will provide funding where there is a strong connection between industry, training and job outcomes.

At this stage, we will contact providers directly to make RSTF applications. Contact will be made based on analysis of skill needs across the state.

You can provide feedback or suggest a course from the Skills First funded courses list to be considered for regional or specialist funding via

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