JobTrainer Fund

As part of its Economic Response to COVID-19, the Australian Government in partnership with the states and territories, is providing free or low-fee training courses across the nation through its JobTrainer Fund. The Australian Government has committed to supporting Australians to retrain and upskill into sectors with job opportunities as the economy recovers from COVID-19 through free, or low cost, training places in areas of identified skills needs . Job seekers and young people, including school leavers, can now take advantage of subsidised training to learn skills for jobs in demand such as health, aged and disability care, IT and trades for job seekers and young people, including school leavers..

JobTrainer funding is available for accredited diplomas, certificates or short courses, based on a list agreed between the National Skills Commission and the state and territory governments. State and territory governments are responsible for determining which qualifications and short courses to prioritise from the agreed list, with focus on training in areas of anticipated employment growth.

Click here for more information from the Australian Government on the JobTrainer Fund.

JobTrainer NSW

The NSW JobTrainer program is supporting vocational training and skills development across NSW by partnering with industry, vocational education and training providers, and the Australian Government to make vocational training and skills development across NSW easier and more accessible.

The program offers fee free and low fee training options to boost skills with full and part qualification course options, as well as personalised support to assist people navigating the skills and training opportunities available in NSW.

NSW JobTrainer is a program funded by the NSW Government and Australian Government to support NSW citizens through this difficult employment and economic environment.

ARC Training is an approved NSW Smart and Skilled Supplier and JobTrainer Fund Supplier.

Click here to see the full list of qualifications ARC Training is approved to offer under the NSW JobTrainer Fund.

Eligibility requirements:

Training is available for new staff who meet the eligibility criteria and existing staff who are at risk of unemployment and require retraining in order to secure ongoing employment.

If an employer is interested in recruiting new people for their workforce or wanting to upskill their existing workforce they may be eligible for fee-free training through NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery.

People undertaking training must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and fit into at least one of the categories below:

  • a young person aged 17-24 at the commencement of training, regardless of employment status, including Year 12 school leavers
  • Commonwealth Government welfare benefit recipients
  • an unemployed person
  • an employed person who is expected to become unemployed (e.g. companies in declining industries, people whose employment is conditional on immediately undertaking work relevant training, workers who have been stood down or furloughed).

Eligible participants will also need to be:

  • living in NSW or working in NSW
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder
  • no longer at school.

Click here for more information about NSW JobTrainer.

All students must meet all the eligibility criteria to undertake the government-subsidised training, contact ARC Training for further information.

JobTrainer QLD

Skills Assure is making it easier for prospective students to recognise providers that offer training subsidised by the Queensland Government.

The JobTrainer Fund (JobTrainer) is a jointly funded initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments to support an increase in low or no fee training places for job seekers, school leavers and young people in areas of identified skills need and/or employment growth, to support them into employment as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The JobTrainer Fund will operate as a component of Queensland’s existing vocational education and training (VET) investment programs and will provide access to additional training opportunities that complement the training already available for the target student cohort.

Click here for more information about QLD JobTrainer Fund.

ARC Training is an approved Skills Assure Supplier and JobTrainer Fund Supplier under the QLD vocational education and training (VET) Investment Plan. Currently, ARC Training is approved to offer CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support under the QLD JobTrainer Fund.

The JobTrainer Co-Contribution Fee for students is $0.

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible to enrol in a training place funded under the JobTrainer Fund, prospective students must

  • permanently reside in Queensland; and
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  • have finished school or no longer be at school (including home schooled); and
  • not already be enrolled in training (includes VET and higher education courses); and
  • not have previously completed a qualification funded under the JobTrainer Fund; and
    either be a job seeker or a school leaver or young person.

Additional eligibility:

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, specific restrictions and/or exemptions may apply to participate in certain subsidised qualifications or short courses, which will be based on industry advice or requirements under the relevant national training package and will be detailed in the JobTrainer Priority Course List.

All students must meet all the eligibility criteria to undertake the government-subsidised training, contact ARC Training for further information.

JobTrainer ACT

The JobTrainer program is, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and ACT governments, and is designed to complement other training available through existing ACT Government schemes such as Skilled Capital. The JobTrainer program intends to support job seekers and young people (17 to 24 years) in Canberra to access training and upskilling in areas of predicted employment growth through free vocational education and training. The key training and employment sectors being predicted to demonstrate increasing demand and growth in Canberra are; community services, healthcare, renewable engery and sustainability, digital and cyber security, and construction. The JobTrainer Fund is one of the ways the ACT Government is supporting jobs and the economy during COVID-19.

JobTrainer places are open for enrolment until September 2021 or until further notice. Click here for more information about JobTrainer ACT.


JobTrainer aims to provide free training opportunities to young people and job seekers in the ACT.

As a minimum, students must be:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than 6 months, or
  • an eligible visa holder, and
  • living or working in the ACT, and
  • a person aged 17 to 24 years of age, regardless of employment status, who is not enrolled in or attending a school or college, or another program leading to the completion of year 12, or
  • a job seeker who is out of work, and/or in receipt of income support payments.

All students must meet all the eligibility criteria to undertake the government-subsidised training, contact ARC Training for further information.