National Workforce Development Fund

The Australian Government is working to deliver an Industry led skills and training system with VET reforms focussed on ensuring Industry has a skills system that is responsive, streamlined and outcome driven.  The Government is committed to skills and training delivering jobs and productivity, not training for training sake.

The Department of Industry is not currently accepting or processing applications or requests for funding extensions for the National Workforce Development Fund, while the Government is reviewing funding arrangements ahead of the Federal Budget in May 2014. 
If you have any questions regarding this advice in relation to the National Workforce Development Fund please contact the National Workforce Development Fund mail box at

Through the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) the Australian Government will provide $700 million over five years to industry to support training and workforce development in areas of current and future skills need.

Under NWDF, organisations can identify their current and future business and workforce development needs and apply for funding to support the training of existing workers and new workers in areas of shortages.

The Fund is part of the Australian Government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce package and also forms part of Australian Government Skills Connect, an initiative designed to link employers and industries to funding for whole of workforce (including language, literacy and numeracy training and mentoring of Australian Apprenticeships) planning and development.

Skilling your Business

Skilling Your Business highlights how the Australian Government’s $700 million investment in training over five years through the National Workforce Development Fund benefits both businesses and employers.

On 19 July 2012, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans launched the Australian Workforce Productivity Agency. Further details are available in his Ministerial Statement.

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