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Stronger growth

To create more and better paying jobs

Australian jobs, Australian skills

Ensuring Australia’s migration program safeguards Australian jobs and the development of Australian skills

Skilling Australians Fund

$1.5 billion over the first four years. Skilling Australians Fund pool employer levies to train Australians

Migration is integral to our nation. Australia is one of the world’s most successful multicultural countries. But migration must be in the national interest and the Australian community must have confidence that skilled migrants come to Australia to meet genuine skills shortages.

Subclass 457 visas will be abolished and replaced with a new temporary skill shortage visa with tighter conditions and stricter safeguards. This will ensure that foreign workers are only brought into Australia to meet genuine skill shortages. Some permanent skilled visas are also being enhanced.

Requirements are being strengthened for English language attainment, work experience, visa renewals, eligibility for permanent residency, and criminal history checks.

Businesses will only be able to hire foreign workers where there is a genuine need, with stricter market testing to safeguard Australian jobs.

Skilling Australians Fund

The Government will establish a new Skilling Australians Fund to ensure that businesses that benefit from employing skilled migrants are also equipping Australians with the skills they need.

Employers that sponsor migrants under the new temporary skill shortage visa and certain permanent skilled visas will be required to pay a levy which will provide revenue to the Fund.

Through the Skilling Australians Fund, an estimated $1.5 billion will be provided over the first four years to underpin a new partnership with State and Territory Governments to train Australians, with spending prioritised towards apprenticeships and traineeships. The Fund, when matched with State and Territory funding, will support up to 300,000 apprentices, trainees, pre-apprentices and higher level skilled Australians.

These changes will give Australian job seekers the skills they need to find work, while ensuring Australia can attract the best and brightest from around the world.

Supporting Australians to work

Ensuring all Australians have opportunities to work by providing the training and support they need

All Australians have the opportunity to work and contribute to our economy.

The Government will spend $263 million to expand ParentsNext services nationally, to provide parents of young children with tailored support to improve their work readiness. The expanded ParentsNext will be delivered in two streams:

  • nationally, to the most disadvantaged parents; and
  • a more intensive service in 30 locations, focused on Indigenous parents.

ParentsNext participants will receive personalised assistance, including advice on relevant education and qualifications, and training to improve numeracy and financial literacy.

Workforce participation and self-reliance are central to improving long-term wellbeing. The Government is strengthening participation requirements for welfare recipients and introducing a new compliance framework with stronger penalties for persistent non-compliance by welfare recipients. This will ensure those who are able to work do so.

The recently legislated Jobs for Families Child Care Package will encourage workforce participation and place downward pressure on child care fees, while supporting early learning opportunities for children. The Government will invest $37.3 billion over four years to deliver more affordable child care, including before and after school care, for around one million families.

From 2 July 2018, a single simplified, means tested Child Care Subsidy will replace the Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Programme.

The Government will introduce a Child Care Safety Net that will ensure that vulnerable families receive the support they need. The Child Care Safety Net will deliver early childhood education and care services for children in rural and regional areas and those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with additional needs.

These reforms build on the Government’s support for young Australians under the Youth Jobs PaTH program, which will help equip up to 120,000 young Australians with the skills and experience they need to get a job.

Supporting parents to work

Supporting parents to work

Preparing young Australians for work

Preparing young Australians for work

Making child care more accessible

Making child care more accessible