Building skills to get back to work

The Victorian Government is investing $1 billion in TAFE and training – driving economic recovery and giving Victorians the skills they need to get back into the workforce.

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This Budget will help support more Victorians to train, retrain and find new opportunities, including:  


Up to 80,000 new Free TAFE and subsidised training places. Almost 60,000 of these places will be in Free TAFE courses including health, and community and disability services. $155 million will be dedicated to creating new opportunities for young people, women and those most affected by economic disruption to reskill and upskill.

Helping Victorians reskill fast

$57 million for the delivery of accredited short courses and a workforce skill set pilot, helping unemployed Victorians reskill and find a job fast.

Support for at-risk apprenticeships and traineeships

$19 million to introduce innovative new models for apprenticeships and traineeships, providing enhanced support for apprentices including those most at-risk of dropping out, and new measures to encourage women to pursue non-traditional roles, including in the building and construction industry.

Funding TAFE teaching scholarships

Funding to attract and support people to reskill as teachers at Victorian TAFEs, including teacher scholarships and mentoring.

Building Better TAFEs Fund

We are also committing $100 million to the Building Better TAFEs Fund for projects that will help set our students up for success, with:

  • Chisholm Institute’s Frankston Campus Redevelopment Stage 2, building a new modern, cutting edge, multi-level learning facility for students.
  • Melbourne Polytechnic’s Collingwood Campus Redevelopment, delivering a rebuild of the campus to establish an education, industry and community precinct.

Funding will also be provided to create a single integrated senior secondary certificate, making sure every student in every school can get the skills they need – both academic and vocational.

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Supporting Victorians To Train, Retrain And Find Opportunity

Reviewed 24 November 2020


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