The Queensland Government released its 2020-21 Budget on 1 December 2020 and has announced an investment of more than $1 billion in the Budget for training and skills initiatives focussed on preparing Queenslanders for the jobs of the future.

The key investments include an additional $200 million over four years for skills initiatives and a further $21 million to extend the free TAFE for year 12 graduates and free apprenticeships for under 21s programs to young Queenslanders under 25.

The additional $200 million investment will deliver a range of skills and training initiatives including –

  • $32.4 million over two years for the TAFE Priority Skills Fund
  • $25 million over two years for Pre-Apprenticeship Support
  • $8 million over two years for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund
  • $5 million over two years for the First Nations Training Strategy
  • And $5 million in 2020-21 for the Workforce Transition Support Program

Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer said the investment also included $16.51 million for the establishment of Manufacturing Skills Queensland and $100 million in TAFE facilities across the state, commencing in 2021-22 to create high quality training spaces tailored to deliver the skills local industry needs.

The successful Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative will continue to assist another 10,000 disadvantaged people with an additional $10 million to be invested across the state in 2020-21 on top of the existing investment of $80 million.

The Back to Work program has been extended for 12 months with applications open until 30 June 2021. This extension is expected to provide businesses in regional Queensland and parts of South East Queensland with $70M worth of incentives to hire eligible jobseekers.

Read the media release here

Read the budget highlights on Investing in Skills here