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Connecting Skills with Industry

14 May 2013

Joint media release with the Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP, and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research the Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP

The 2013-14 Budget will build on the Gillard Government's investment in a quality training system to meet Australia's current and future workforce needs and help businesses stay competitive.

From 1 July, the Government will invest $45 million in a new Skills Connect Fund that will provide industry with a single point of access for skills and workforce development support.

The Fund, a one-stop shop, will replace multiple interactions and complex application processes for businesses looking to up-skill and develop their workforce.

Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation Greg Combet, Minister for Tertiary Education Craig Emerson and Minister for Higher Education and Skills Sharon Bird said the investment demonstrates the Government's commitment to providing the training and support Australian industry needs to remain competitive.

"This convenient 'one-stop shop' approach will make it easier for businesses to access Government support to improve their workforce capabilities," Minister Combet said.

"We want to train and develop Australians for the jobs on offer today and tomorrow."

The Fund is based on stakeholder feedback and will enable businesses to efficiently customise services to meet their specific workforce needs.

"This investment will help Australian businesses get the support they need to stay competitive," Minister Emerson said.

The Fund aligns the skills of the Australian workforce and the training on offer with the needs of Australian industry.

"This makes it as easy as possible for business to fill their skills gaps," Minister Bird said.

This Budget keeps our economy strong by making smart investments in skills and education to prepare Australians for the Asian Century and to ensure every Australian gets a fair go.

The Government is investing for the future, putting jobs and economic growth first and protecting the important services that Australians rely on.

We're doing this to keep our economy one of the most resilient in the world - we have low unemployment, solid growth, contained inflation and low interest rates.

Media contacts: Minister Bird's office 02 6277 7370
                          Minister Combet's office 02 6277 7920
                          Minister Emerson's office 02 6277 7420 

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