Funding and support

Working for Victoria initiative

On 21 March 2020, the Premier announced a $500 million Working for Victoria Fund.

The fund will connect workers with new jobs that will support our state's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This program includes retraining and certifying workers for direct employment now and to have skills for the post- coronavirus (COVID-19) economy.

Those wanting to register their interest in jobs or training should visit the Working for Victoria website.

Support for the sector to respond and recover

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. In addition, TAFEs will be given $55 million to help address maintenance needs.

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 media release.

Emergency support for international students

On Wednesday, 29 April, the Victorian Government announced a $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund

This fund supports international students facing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The fund will provide one-off payments of up to $1,100 to vulnerable international students who have either:

  • lost their jobs
  • had a significant reduction to their employment as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

International students at universities, TAFEs, training organisations and Vocational Education Training (VET) providers may be eligible for this payment.

The one-off payment follows other support available to international students, including:

Support package for universities

This package will support universities and contribute to Victoria's economic recovery, recognising the critical importance of universities in rebuilding the economy after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Visit the Support package for universities page for information on:

  • the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund
  • payroll tax support
  • support for international students. 

Vocational education and training (VET) funding

The Department continues to meet its obligations to pay for eligible training services under the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Funding contract. 

All providers should ensure their student and training data is updated and submitted on Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS) early this week. This is so that the payment for March can be made in April as planned. 

Maintaining high quality training provision

Under Skills First, the Victorian Government has set a high benchmark for training quality and qualifications that will lead Victorians to employment. Skills First includes significant investment in the ongoing monitoring of the quality of training by the Department. 

The Department continues to examine training data and will monitor any evidence of non-compliance under the VET Funding Contracts to reinforce expectations about quality training and expenditure at this time. 

The Victorian Government is making a concerted effort to ensure that its training providers understand their obligations to deliver quality training through a range of measures, including better information, free professional development training to be delivered online, facilitating best-practice guidance and hosting quality workshops.