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 are provided incentives by the Government to undertake training and/or 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
Skills For All
Certificate III Guarantee 


Incentives and funding opportunities 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 Federal and State government agencies and 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 explore

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 90 nationally accredited certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate courses 
  2. Complete an online application form
  3. Submit the form and an Upskilled Education Manager will contact you with 48 hours

Real results 

Upskilled qualifications allow participants to increase productivity and job satisfaction while advancing their career prospects and salary expectations. Courses are typically delivered online, over a period of 12 months.  We also have a unique mixed delivery method available for select courses which involves a number of face-to-face workshops scheduled across the 12 month program (subject to minimum numbers), and incorporates access to our online learning platform, MyUpskilled where you can access learning materials and assessment materials. Additionally, Upskilled conducts onsite courses at workplaces for even greater convenience to upskill the workforce.  We also partner with a number of RTO's who are specialists in a range of disciplines not covered by Upskilled's offering. These partners also offer market leading online learning technology along with all the support and services you come to expect with Upskilled.

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 individuals and organisations act now in order to maximise existing opportunities while they are abound.