In a bid to address persistent skills shortages, the Federal and State governments announced a further 147,400 Fee-Free TAFE places will be available in New South Wales over the next three years.

Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren said that this initiative will save NSW students thousands of dollars and give them the opportunity to develop their skills in key industries.

 “This program will provide support to not only students, but also to businesses and our state’s broader economy,” Mr Warren said.

The additional places are made possible through Commonwealth Government funding of $130 million.

The investment also builds on the success of Fee-Free TAFE in 2023, which attracted record enrolments in NSW. As of 30 June 2023, there were:

  • Over 20,700 enrolments in the Care sector  
  • Over 6,400 enrolments in the Technology and Digital sector
  • Over 5,800 enrolments in the Construction sector, and
  • Over 5,200 enrolments in Agriculture.

Fee-free TAFE has resulted in considerable savings for students in NSW. Students studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a Certificate III in School-Based Education Support could save up to $1,600, and those looking to build a career pathway through a Certificate III in Individual Support could save up to $1,450.

“This is a $128.9 million Commonwealth investment in skills and training in NSW and comes in addition to the National Skills Agreement which will see $3.8 billion invested into the state VET sector by the Federal Government,” Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor said.

The investment comes less than a month after the landmark five-year National Skills Agreement was reached between the Albanese and Minns Governments that will unlock $3.8 billion to build the skills and prosperity of New South Wales.

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