COVID-19 - Skilled Capital Qualification and Skill Set List

The Skilled Capital Qualification and Skill Set List - August 2020 (XLXS 3.49MB) or (PDF 278KB) designed to tackle workforce demand and supply issues as a result of COVID-19 has been released.

The list will assist a broad range of industry with a mixture of skill sets, qualifications and pathways at multiple skill requirement levels.

The list incorporates feedback from industry through the Skilled Capital survey responses and direct communication with more than 60 ACT registered training organisations and industry representatives. Thank you to all who contributed in the short time frame.

The list also includes places fully funded by the National Infection Control Training Fund for the delivery of fee-free accredited infection control and food handling training to customer-facing workers.


The key dates for the May 2020 release are:

  • Nominations for May 2020 qualifications and skill sets from 7 May 2020.
  • Guaranteed enrolment period from 9:30am 27 May to 4:00pm 29 May 2020.

Qualifications or skill sets that do not meet or exceed the cap in the guaranteed enrolment period will remain open until 31 December 2020 or until the caps are reached.


Amendment to enrolment end-date for February 2020 release

The enrolment end-date for Skilled Capital places released in February 2020 is now extended until 31 December 2020. The extension applies only to places where the caps have not been reached.

Students now have until 31 December 2020 to enrol in any places remaining from the February 2020 Skilled Capital release.

All enquiries can be emailed to Skills Canberra.


National Infection Control Training Fund

The National Infection Control Training Fund is a joint initiative by the Commonwealth and states/territories to support the accelerated uptake of infection control training in response to the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. The Fund is administered through the Project Agreement for the National Infection Control Training Fund, which commenced in May 2020 and will expire on 30 June 2021.

Fully funded training places are available for customer-facing workers, with funding prioritised for those working in the retail, tourism, transport and logistics, hospitality, cleaning, security service, aged and disability sectors.

Examples include, but are not limited to, retail assistants, bar attendants, waiters, restaurant crew members, customer assistants, travel consultants, salon assistants, beauty therapists, hairdressers/barbers, sales assistants, customer service officers, gym and fitness instructors, security officers, food court cleaners, furniture removalists, care and support workers.

Up to 3,800 fee-free training places in infection control and food handling Skill Sets were released on 5 June 2020. RTOs must comply with the new ACT Standards Compliance Guide for Skilled Capital - Infection Control Training (DOCX 1.42MB) or (PDF 1.22MB) when delivering this training.

Non customer-facing workers may access other infection control training options, which can be found on the Infection control training and resources page on the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

Information for students and employers is available on the Infection control training page.

All enquiries can be emailed to Skills Canberra.

About Skilled Capital

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government funded training initiative offering a comprehensive range of services and subsidies to provide Canberrans the support they need to complete the training that is right for them.

Skilled Capital offers an opportunity for the Canberra community to access quality training and fill critical skills needs areas across a range of industries such as community services, information technology, health and construction.

Courses available through Skilled Capital range from certificate III to advanced diploma qualifications. Skills sets which are shorter training courses comprising 1 or more units of competency linked to a licensing requirement or an industry need, are also offered under Skilled Capital.

The qualifications and courses offered under Skilled Capital are informed by the ACT Skills Needs List. This list enables the ACT Government to better target funding for training that is most likely to lead to improved employment outcomes for Canberrans.


To be eligible for Skilled Capital, you must, at the time of enrolment, be:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than 6 months, or
  • an eligible visa holder, and
  • living or working in the ACT, and
  • at least 15 years of age, and
  • not enrolled in or attending secondary school or college except where the student:
    • is undertaking a course of study leading to completion of year 12 in an alternative program, or
    • has an Exemption Certificate and the selected Skilled Capital qualification is an approved Australian School-based Apprenticeship pathway.

In addition to the above, to be eligible for a certificate II level Skilled Capital qualification, your training provider must have evidence to demonstrate that a certificate II qualification is a justifiable learning pathway for you.

Previous education and training will not impact your eligibility for Certificate III qualifications and above. However, you cannot be funded for a qualification you have completed within the last 7 years.

If you are not eligible for Skilled Capital or are seeking a different training pathway refer to the Australian Apprenticeships page.

Qualification and Skill Sets List - February 2020

The Skilled Capital Qualification and Skill Sets List - February 2020 (XLSX 13KB) or (PDF 142KB) has been released.

Key dates for February 2020 Skilled Capital release:

  • Nominations for February 2020 Skilled Capital Qualifications and Skill Sets opened 15 January 2020.
  • Enrolments for February 2020 Skilled Capital release qualifications or Skill Sets opened at 9:30am on 18 February and will remain open until 30 June 2020, or until the caps are reached, whichever comes first.
  • There is no guaranteed enrolment period for the February 2020 release.