Regional and Specialist Training Fund

This fund is being evaluated in 2020. New project proposals are not being accepted at this time.

​​​The Regional and Specialist Training Fund (RSTF) is a targeted funding stream that supports training for specific skills in regional and specialist areas that are not being met by the current training market.

The fund meets the needs of:

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

Who can apply

Man pushing trolley carrying potted plantsTraining providers who hold a current Skills First VET funding contract are eligible to apply for higher subsidies and one-off grant payments for selected courses in specific regions to meet local industry demand or specialised occupations.

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

How to apply

Providers are required to contact the Department to discuss an initial Expression of interest (EOI).

Where the Department sees potential merit, a full application for funding will be invited.

All applications are assessed on individual merit and validated by a quantitative analysis of training gaps.

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Contact us

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