The WA Government has announced a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash TAFE fees for thousands of Western Australians as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
In an expansion of the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative that rolled out before COVID-19, TAFE fees for a further 39 high priority courses will be slashed by as much as 72 per cent.
The expanded program now includes 73 courses in total and will ensure Western Australians, can access affordable training to help them get back into jobs, after TAFE fees increased by as much as 510 per cent under the previous WA Government.
Heavily reduced fees have been targeted to align with the State’s immediate economic needs following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enrolments opened on Monday, 6 July 2020. For more information about free short courses visit Jobs and Skills WA or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.
The TAFE fees announcement is in addition to the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6000 for hiring an apprentice and $3000 for hiring a trainee whose training contract was terminated on, or after, 1 March 2020.
For further information see the $57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and training sector media statement.