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Working with employers and unions

Leah runs a medium‑sized aged care service. She is keen to upskill her staff to a Certificate IV but lacks the spare cashflow to invest in training.

Leah has recently learned about the National Workforce Development Fund. Through this Fund, the Government will fund half of the training costs. She forms a partnership with a local registered training organisation to deliver the training she needs.

At the end of the project, Leah is able to improve the skills of some of her employees, allowing them to deliver better care to the aged care residents.

National Workforce and Productivity Agency

To support the new partnership with industry, the Government will establish a new $25 million National Workforce and Productivity Agency (the Agency). The Agency will be resourced for intensive engagement with industry, industry skills councils, employer associations and unions, in order to help inform Government and industry workforce planning.

It will work closely with industry to determine the key workforce planning and development areas needed to overcome skill shortages and to lift workforce productivity.

The Agency will administer the new National Workforce Development Fund to ensure that available resources are targeted to the areas of greatest skills need, and to undertake research regarding the future nature of work in Australia.

Productivity Education and Training Fund

The Government will also provide $20 million over two years for a Productivity Education and Training Fund to assist trade unions and employer organisations to achieve better productivity outcomes through enterprise bargaining under the Fair Work Act.

How the National Workforce and Productivity Agency
will work with industry

Chart:  How the National Workforce and Productivity Agency will work with industry