Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF)

The Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF) provided Australian Government co-funding for industry partnerships to undertake projects that provide training and employment opportunities in critical industry sectors.

The goal of the Fund was to help increase the supply of skilled labour for enterprises in these sectors. To achieve this, the CSIF supported projects that trained and placed job seekers into available positions, and up-skilled existing workers to meet new demands.

CSIF Projects

Successful projects worth more than $55 million, with Australian Government contributions around $39 million, were announced on 19 September 2011 and 7 December 2011. These projects covered enterprises in the resources, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy industry sectors.

CSIF projects will be completed by 30 June 2014.

Future Funding

The CSIF merged with the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) in late 2011 to streamline skills support under Skills Connect—a range of initiatives designed to consolidate the Government's industry skills programs and better target industry and worker training.

CSIF Guidelines and documentation

What is the National Resources Sector Workforce Strategy?

The Australian Government has accepted the recommendations of the Resourcing the Future report as the first stage of a National Resources Sector Workforce Strategy. The Strategy is a sector wide plan to address the skills and labour needs of the resources sector, supported by industry and all levels of government.  A number of projects are being supported by the CSIF (in accordance with Attachment G of the CSIF Guidelines). Further information can be found on the National Resources Sector Workforce Strategy  page.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can make enquiries or provide feedback about the CSIF by emailing the CSIF Mailbox or by phoning the Contact Centre on 13 38 73 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

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