$57m recovery package for WA TAFE and training sector

The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

The package includes capped annual fee's for semester two, and the expansion of the existing Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative implemented in 2019 (access the list here). The Lower Fee's, Local Skills program will now include a further 39 qualifications eligible for reduced TAFE fees of up to 72 per cent. The new additions to the list have been targeted to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19, and include courses from the following sectors:

  • Fabrication

  • Construction

  • Electrical trades

  • Plumbing

  • Agriculture

  • METRONET-related courses

  • Health services

  • Mental Health

  • Disability ServicesFurthermore, six pre-apprenticeships will have fee's cut by 67 per cent including the discipline areas of:

  • Automotive Electrical Technology

  • Engineering

  • Plumbing

  • Building and Construction

The package also includes $25 million for 'Free TAFE Short Courses' that have been developed in consultation with industry to engage displaced workers, including women and young people, and meet immediate and emerging skill requirements as the economy recovers.

The initial list of 15 short courses will be available to around 13,500 Western Australians and includes courses in:

  • Hospitality

  • Logistics

  • Cyber security

  • Agriculture

  • Civil construction

  • Small business

The free short courses can also be used as a credit towards a full qualification from the expanded Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative, and many have built-in foundation digital skills and literacy and numeracy training.

The TAFE fees announcement is in addition to the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re‑engagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee whose training contract was terminated on, or after, March 1, 2020.

Access the media release.

Visit the Jobs & Skills website to read on about discounted training opportunities.