The Labor State Government of Victoria has disadvantaged young Victorians by refusing to sign up to the Skilling Australians Fund, a federal partnership with the States and Territories, that would have awarded Victoria $320 million to create over 65,000 apprenticeship and training places in Victoria over four years.
The Skilling Australians Fund was established in the 2017-18 Budget with $1.5 billion in federal funds to support state and territory governments increase apprenticeships and traineeships. State and territory governments had until 30 September 2018 to sign up.
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said that after almost 18 months of discussions between Federal and State Ministers and officials, she was pleased that New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory all signed partnership agreements.
Victoria chose not to sign up by the deadline and the federal funding will be forfeited by the Andrews Government.
“The Liberal National Government is disappointed that the Andrews Government failed to sign the partnership agreement and put politics before the needs of the Victorian community,” Senator Cash said.
“Their decision will make it harder for young Australian tradies to get ahead and will limit the training opportunities for Australian workers in Victoria.”
Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said the Liberal National Government had committed a $12.9 billion infrastructure spend to Victoria since coming to office in 2013, including $7.8 billion in this year’s 2017-18 budget, which will rely on a skilled workforce to build it.
“The Coalition’s $12.9 billion infrastructure commitment to Victoria needs a readily available skilled workforce to support it, and the next generation of Victorian tradies can’t afford to be short changed by Daniel Andrews.
“The Liberal National Government believes in training Australian workers for Australian jobs.”
2 October 2018