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Government Funding & Incentives

At both state and federal level, government commitment to upskilling the Australian workforce has resulted in a comprehensive framework of funding schemes and incentive opportunities. As a result, many Upskilled participants find that their courses are heavily subsidised.

Why do these incentive and funding opportunities exist?

High quality skills learning at certificate and diploma level is widely acknowledged as integral to maintaining and increasing Australia's competitive advantage in a global marketplace.

Given that enhancing the productivity of the Australian workforce through Learning & Development is a key responsibility of government, a range of complementary Commonwealth and state-based schemes now serve to fund or subsidise the upskilling of employees across all industries.

Major schemes include:
NSW Smart and Skilled
Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program
The Strategic Skills Program (SSP)
User Choice
National Workforce Development Program
Skills For All
Certificate III Guarantee 


Incentives are generally restricted to Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents, or NZ Passport holders with more than 6 months' residence. Beyond this, eligibility requirements differ between schemes, with varying degrees of detail and complexity. For this reason, Upskilled operates as an industry specialist to monitor the ongoing changes in the funding framework, and works closely with relevant government agencies and the Australian Apprenticeships Centres* to help facilitate the implementation of incentive and funding opportunities as they arise.

Upskilled guides clients through every step and handles the administrative processes to ensure every opportunity for funding is explored. Note - if you would like to enrol without government funding, simply call 1300 009 924 and speak with one of our education specialists.

Easy steps

Whether you are inquiring as an individual, or as a manager acting on behalf of one or more employees, the easiest way to apply is to contact Upskilled: 

  1. Select from over 70 nationally accredited certificate and diploma courses 
  2. Complete an online application form
  3. Submit the form and an Upskilled Education Manager will contact you

Real results 

Upskilled qualifications allow participants to increase productivity and job satisfaction while advancing their career prospects and salary expectations. Courses are typically delivered across 7 full-day workshops over 9 months of a 12 month program (combined with self-directed learning, assessment, and assignment work), with online options also available via e-Learning. Additionally, Upskilled conducts onsite courses at workplaces for even greater convenience.

Act now

The shifting nature of government policy means that the funding and incentives landscape is subject to rapid changes. At present, prospects for subsidised L&D upskilling are extremely favourable; Upskilled recommends that organisations act now in order to maximise existing opportunities.

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