Regional Development Victoria

Regional Skills Fund

The Regional Skills Fund is a targeted, place-based regional skills grants program driven by industry in partnership with the tertiary sector, working to build local capacity, resilience and support jobs creation.

Overview

Skills and Jobs Centre in East Gippsland

The Regional Skills Fund is a targeted, place-based regional skills grants program driven by industry in partnership with the tertiary sector, working to build local capacity, resilience and support jobs creation.

Porthaul freight trucks at a seafreight terminal
Success Story

Transporting and boosting jobs

By supporting business to attract and grow jobs, such as in Portland, local communities and economies can thrive

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Objectives of Program

The Regional Skills Fund aims to support regional industry and business skills and capability to ensure the long-term sustainability of employment and business growth.

The program stream will give priority to projects that:

  • are endorsed by relevant Regional Partnerships, aligning with their local priorities for skills and workforce development, that may be expressed in regional or sector workforce plans.
  • create and strengthen long-term, collaborative and innovative partnerships between regional industry, businesses and the tertiary sector including TAFEs, Learn Locals, LLENs and universities.
  • build on and strengthen regional workforce planning and support their implementation.
  • support regional skills clusters to drive local innovation and research centres that identify future workforce needs and strengthen regional skills capability and workforce resilience.
  • enable upskilling in new technology and production models; career mobility and new pathways; skills for new business ventures; export and e-commerce to access new markets and the digital economy; and strategies to diversify the local skills base.
  • support disadvantaged groups as part of a long-term, strategic approach with industry on meaningful career-based employment.

The fund has been designed to align with and complement the Victorian Government’s education and training reforms as well as initiatives that seek to support innovation, skills and workforce development, including the Jobs Victoria Employment Network program and the Future Industries Sector Strategies.


Funding Details

Regional Skills Fund criteria:

  • benefits to a particular industry, sector or region in terms of addressing specific skills and workforce development needs (both immediate and long-term);
  • creation or strengthening of partnerships to build local skills capacity, workforce resilience and innovation as part a place-based, locallydriven approach;
  • supporting jobs creation, driving economic growth and increasing or improving business productivity of business and/or industry/sector;
  • in the case of training providers, having a demonstrated track record or strong understanding of quality skills and workforce development training delivery for regional industry needs.
  • Activities supported will also generally:
    • be consistent with local priorities for skills and workforce development identified by Regional Partnerships and in regional workforce plans;
    • align with areas of regional comparative advantage;
    • focus on the emerging and high growth industry sectors identified by the Victorian Government.

Application Process

Prior to submitting an application, applicants are advised to:

Step 1

Read the Regional Skills Fund information sheet and the Regional Jobs Fund application guidelines carefully to establish eligibility

Step 2

Discuss the proposed application with your local RDV office, and the relevant DET Regional Manager;

Step 3

Read the terms and conditions off the funding offered.

Download Resources

Resource Download
Regional Jobs Fund (RJF) application guidelines (129.3 KB ) Download
Regional Jobs Fund (RJF) application guidelines (953.5 KB ) Download
Regional Skills Fund information sheet (157.6 KB ) Download

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
K R Castlemaine Foods Pty Ltd - Building Capability Project Loddon Campaspe 2018 CiC
Ovens Murray Workforce Development Project Ovens Murray 2018 CiC
Birchip Cropping: AgTIDE Education and Training Mallee 2018 CiC
  • This may not be a comprehensive listing of all announced funding through the Regional Jobs Fund, Regional Skills Program Stream
  • CiC indicates the project funded amount is Commercial or Cabinet in Confidence
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