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Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says there's not enough progress through the Skilling Australians Fund

Australia’s largest and most representative business network, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has renewed its call to accelerate action through the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) to boost falling apprentice and trainee numbers, following the release of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) latest results today.

Apprentices and trainee commencements fell by 3.3 percent to 35,280 in the June quarter 2018, compared to the same quarter in 2017, according to the Apprentices and Trainees 2018 June quarter estimates.

Source: SAF-needs to Accelerate action.pdf

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  • Christopher Levingston
    Christopher Levingston Thursday, 06 December 2018

    There is a good reason why the ASF is called the Australian Killing Fund. ( Auto correct on the DOHA website)..." Did you mean the killing of Australians fund)
    The money is paid to DOHA.
    No refunds even if DOHA refuses the application ( A conflict of interest)
    Subsequent applications cannot be filed without paying the same ASF "LEVY" because the "Immi Account " imports this requirement.
    The funds paid to DOHA disappear into consolidated revenue.
    So DOHA has the dough, pays it into consolidated revenue, the money is gone and there is no allocation of the funds for apprentices etc...Well done the Commonwealth?
    As usual, get the Commonwealth involved and they will in every instance impose a LEVY, complicate the process and the funds will disappear into consolidated revenue. So much for the "committment" to training imposed on the Employers yet the Commonwealth appears to have no committment to transparency or training. Bad bad bad....

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