ACT Government support for vocational education and training in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The ACT Government acknowledges this is an extremely difficult time for the sector and an uncertain time for the Territory’s registered training organisations (RTOs).

The ACT Government’s $137 million economic survival package aims to support jobs, households and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the capacity of the VET sector during the current crisis, Skills Canberra will implement the following measures:

  1. delay the pricing measures introduced in January 2020, to address User Choice and Skilled Capital program budget pressures, until 2021
  2. release additional Skilled Capital places to address emerging workforce needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis
  3. provide RTOs with an ACT Government Training Initiative Funding Agreement access to a 50 per cent unit payment where a student has commenced a unit of competency, but the RTO is not able to finalise assessment due to workplace access and social distancing policies.

Australian Apprenticeships (User Choice) and Skilled Capital qualification subsidy amounts will be returned to 2019 levels and payments backdated for User Choice commencements and Skilled Capital enrolments from 15 January 2020. Further adjustments will be made according to skills needs and changes to training packages where appropriate.

Skills Canberra will publish further advice and information about these measures in the next week.

Training providers that are small to medium businesses may also access other government support as they adjust to social distancing requirements and an expected downturn in the local economy.

For further information about the ACT COVID-19 Economic Survival Package refer to the Treasury website. A business liaison telephone phone line on 6205 0900 has also been established to assist training providers to understand the support available.

Training providers are also encouraged to contact the Australian Skills Quality Authority for advice on RTO operations and compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted 27 March 2020