On 17 April, the Victorian Government announced a $260.8 million support package to ensure Victoria’s TAFE and training system is ready and able to continue to train Victorians in priority industries.
The package will provide Victoria’s TAFEs, dual-sector TAFEs, Learn Local registered training organisations and AMES Australia with $191.9 million in grants to support business continuity until 30 June 2020.
Funding will support providers in paying as many staff as possible, enhancing online training capacity and capability and maintaining the quality and safety of face-to-face training where this still needs to occur.
The package also includes $68.9m over the next three months in crisis support to ensure Victoria’s public training system can respond and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Providers will be informed of their grants and do not need to apply.
All TAFEs (including dual sector TAFEs), AMES and Learn Local registered training organisations will be supported to continue skilling our state. This package will also help provide greater security and certainty for staff.
Current students will continue to have access to the training they need to get a job and help us get through the coronavirus crisis. New students, particularly those who find themselves in changed circumstances, will benefit from TAFEs increasing their online and remote learning. Business and industry will benefit from TAFEs’ continued ability to produce graduates with the skills we need to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
TAFEs are a key partner in the
Working for Victoria initiative, which helps Victorians who have lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), to find new work opportunities.
For more information on the support package see the Victorian Government’s