Portfolio: Education, Science and Training
Why is this important?
- This measure will fund projects to attract, engage and support more Indigenous adults in regional and remote communities to take up training through the Work Skills Voucher programme.
- Work Skills Vouchers worth up to $3000 are now available to interested Australians aged 25 and over who do not have Year 12 or a Certificate level II qualification. The vouchers can assist with the costs of studying Year 12 or equivalent courses, accredited literacy and numeracy courses and approved vocational Certificate level II qualifications.
- In regional and remote areas there is often little or no choice in training providers and additional strategies are needed to cater for specialised needs, high delivery costs, low demand in terms of student numbers and, in some cases, inadequate infrastructure. This funding will be used to improve access to training providers by helping to address these issues.
- This measure will complement the existing Work Skills Voucher programme by providing Indigenous adults with the training and support required to be able to access a work skills voucher.
Who will benefit?
- Indigenous adults in regional and remote areas will benefit directly and there will be a flow-on benefit to local communities and labour markets.
What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?
- The Australian Government will provide $21.4 million over four years with Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory contributing matched funding.
What have we done in the past?
- This is a new initiative specifically targeted to assist Indigenous adults in regional and remote areas to access and successfully complete Works Skills Voucher training.
- It will also deliver more resources into Australia's education and training system and engender greater competition in the training market in regional and remote areas, thereby improving the access of Indigenous people in those areas.
When will the initiative conclude?
- The Government has approved funding for the programme until June 2011.