Fund a ‘down payment’ to solve skills crisis


The Australian Industry Group has welcomed the Federal Government’s recommitment to creating a National Workforce Development Fund.

“The approach was received very positively by business across the board when it was first announced in the last Budget, said AiGroup Chief Executive Heather Ridout.

"However, this can only be regarded as a down payment on a much greater funding commitment down the track if Australia’s skills gap is to be effectively addressed,” Ms Ridout said.

“The Budget reforms, which give industry a major voice in the training system, were based on an Ai Group proposal to establish a National Workforce and Productivity Agency.”

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