Queensland Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills Yvette D’Ath has reached out to the Turnbull Government to discuss much needed funding for the training sector, following Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement on 457 visas.
“Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday he was putting jobs for Australians first – I think there is now a great opportunity for the Federal Government to come to the table with state and territory governments to discuss extending and replacing the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“This is further supported by stakeholder groups such as AI Group, Business Council of Australia, and the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, amongst others, which have been calling for funding certainty for the VET sector.
“We need to ensure Australians are best placed to get secure long term employment, and that means providing opportunities for people to have access to adequate skills and training.
“Funding for the National Partnership Agreement is due to expire at the end of June and the Turnbull Government has not extended or renewed it, leaving a funding cliff of about $1.75 billion nation-wide.
“For Queensland, this funding was worth $105 million for skills and training in this financial year alone.
“I am writing to my Federal counterpart, Karen Andrews, to urge the Turnbull Government to extend the current agreement to allow time for the negotiation of a replacement National Partnership Agreement. This will ensure Australians have access to the best possible skills training to help people secure jobs.
“If the Turnbull Government wants to invest in an Australian workforce, they must provide adequate funding for the training sector to ensure the workforce is as skilled as possible.”
Mrs D’Ath said it was vital that Queenslanders, including those in regional areas, had access to jobs and training opportunities.
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the importance of training, which is why we have provided $810.7 million in this financial year as part of the Annual VET Investment Plan.
“The Palaszczuk Government wants Queenslanders to have skills to get Queenslanders jobs, and that means we need the Federal Government to do its part in providing funding.”
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath