All state governments except Tasmania have now released their 2024/25 budgets. Each of them impact on education and training. The Ai Group Centre for Education and Training has gathered relevant media releases which summarise announcements. The Tasmanian budget is due for announcement on 12 September.

Queensland announced a record $1.5 billion investment to support skills, training, employment and small business, including $370 million to kickstart the Queensland Skills Strategy. Read more

New South Wales announced an additional $8.9 million, to bring total expenditure up to $16.3 million, for Fee Free training for all apprentices and trainees in NSW and $83.1 million to support increased permanency within TAFE NSW through the conversion of 500 casual teachers into permanent employment. Read more

Victoria announced $31.6 million to deliver the Skills First Skill Set initiative – offering subsidised training for skills needed in industries facing skills shortages plus additional investments in Free TAFE and the Digital Jobs Program. Read more

South Australia announced a 43 per cent increase in skills funding over the next five years, covering areas including extra places for TAFE SA in regional SA, supports to improve completion rates and funding to increase the VET workforce. Read more

Western Australia announced additional funding to expand the construction workforce, for careers education and free TAFE courses. Read more