Businesses in Western Australia can now apply for support to boost the skills of their
workforce under the Abbott Government’s new $476 million Industry Skills Fund. 

“I urge growing Western Australian businesses to access support to upskill or retrain their employees to boost their business productivity and competitiveness,” said Senator Simon
Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training.

“With more than 10% of Australian businesses located in Western Australia, it is expected
the Industry Skills Fund will provide up to $47 million to Western Australian employers to access around 20,000 training and support places.

“In contrast, Labor wasted billions of dollars on skills programmes that failed to deliver training that led to real jobs. The era of training for training’s sake is over.

“Employers will be supported to decide what training is needed in their business, and
which training provider they want to work with.

“The Industry Skills Fund is a key part of the Abbott Government’s ambitious program
of vocational education and training (VET) reform to lift the quality of both training providers and their courses, enhancing the contribution VET makes to the employment prospects of students and the competitiveness of Australia's economy,” Senator Birmingham said.

Businesses wanting support to train workers will be required to make a contribution between 25 and 75 per cent to the cost of training.  The co-contribution rate depends on the number of employees, with smaller businesses receiving higher levels of support.

Guidelines and more information are available at

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, throughout the year.