The Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF) provides 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 is to help increase the supply of skilled labour for enterprises in these sectors. To achieve this, the Fund is supporting projects that train and place job seekers into available positions, and that up-skill existing workers to meet new demands.
The CSIF has now been incorporated into the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF). All future funding support will be through the NWDF.
On 19 September 2011 and 7 December 2011, the Minister for Skills and Jobs, the Hon Senator Chris Evans, announced successful projects under the CSIF. Projects worth more than $55 million, with Australian Government contributions over $39 million, are providing rapid and innovative training that is tailored to meet the immediate skills needs of enterprises in the resources, construction, infrastructure and renewable energy industry sectors.
Enterprises are working in partnership with registered training organisations on projects that increase the number of women, Indigenous and young Australians working in these critical industry sectors across Australia.
Further announcements are expected to be made in relation to Funding Round 1.
In late 2011, Minister Evans announced that the Critical Skills Investment Fund would merge with the National Workforce Development Fund 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.
National Workforce Development Fund
The National Workforce Development Fund provides funding to support training and workforce development in areas of current and future skills need and incorporates funding from the Critical Skills Investment Fund. The Fund builds on the success of the Critical Skills Investment Fund and the Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program.
Guidelines and documentation
The Critical Skills Investment Fund Guidelines and Fact Sheet are below.
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 CSIF by emailing the CSIF Mailbox or by phoning the Contact Centre on 13 38 73 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).