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Regional and Specialist Training Fund

A targeted funding stream that supports training for specific skills in regional and specialist areas not met by the current training market.


Who can apply:
Not-for-profit groups, individuals, businesses

The Regional and Specialist Training Fund (RSTF) is a targeted funding stream that supports training for specific skills in regional areas of Victoria and specialist areas of industry need, as well as for priority cohorts whose needs are not being met by the current training market.

The objectives of RSTF are to support the Victorian Government’s economic priorities, through focused supports that:

  • assist identified rural and regional communities to provide training that meets their local industry and Victorian Government economic needs
  • address place-based and occupation-specific barriers to training that are significant to identified localities or industries/occupations that are needed to deliver Victorian Government economic priorities
  • support improved training outcomes for regional and metropolitan Victoria, for key priority cohorts identified by the Victorian Government
  • build greater alignment between workforce requirements and training needs identified in the Victorian Skills Plan.

The fund meets the needs of:

  • local employers in regional Victoria (regional)
  • specialised occupations of economic significance to Victoria, aligned to the Victorian Skills Plan (specialist)
  • specialist workforce priorities for Victoria (specialist)
  • priority cohorts experiencing barriers to accessing training (priority cohorts).

The fund is intended to provide industry with increased confidence in the training and TAFE system to respond to the needs of regional industries and confidence that specialised industries of economic significance to Victoria can be supported to grow through access to a skilled workforce.

The government recognises that there are courses for specialised occupations of economic importance to Victoria, that currently are not delivered at the levels demanded by industry. RSTF enables training for specialist occupations where training activity demanded by industry is small (but of high economic value) and the cost of delivering high-quality training is not viable at the mainstream subsidised rate.

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