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July 2014 - Industry Skills Fund

Industry Skills Fund - have your say

Business government logoThe $476 million Industry Skills Fund is a key element in the Australian Government's National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda and will provide up to 200,000 training places and support services over four years.

The fund will prioritise SMEs, including micro businesses and will be delivered through the Single Business Service, making delivery and access simpler and more streamlined for business, reducing red tape and improving value for taxpayers' money.

The fund will assist Australian industry to access training and support services and develop innovative training solutions so Australia will have the highly skilled workforce it needs to adapt to new business growth opportunities, rapid technological change and market driven structural adjustment.

The fund will commence on 1 January 2015.

The Discussion Paper has been developed to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to submit feedback to the Australian Government on the design and implementation arrangements for the Industry Skills Fund.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide their feedback online through a digital questionnaire. This should take no longer than 15 minutes.

Submissions responding to the Discussion Paper must be received by 7 September 2014.

Consultation sessions will also be held, beginning in August 2014. Further information on these sessions will be made available once details are finalised.

There are no clear statements about how workplace adult language, literacy and numeracy services might be delivered through the Industry Skills Fund in this discussion paper. ACAL will follow up and advocate for adult LLN workplace services.

If you would like to send comments to ACAL please forward a concise statement to info@acal.edu.au before 22nd August.

Jenni Anderson

ACAL President