Release type: Media Release


Albanese Government forging TAFE Centres of Excellence


The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP
Minister for Skills and Training

The Albanese Labor Government is working with all States and Territories to ensure we support skills development in a fast-changing, modern economy.

Under the $30 billion 5-year National Skills Agreement, the Commonwealth is making available $325 million for States and Territories to create nationally networked TAFE Centres of Excellence, in partnership with industry, universities and communities.

To meet the most important challenges and opportunities in our economy, the Commonwealth Government is making an extra $31.6 million available to high quality proposals from State and Territory Governments to rapidly create up to six Centres of Excellence focussed on transformation to Net Zero, sustaining essential care services and ensuring Australia’s digital and technology capability.

The Commonwealth Government is welcoming proposals to be considered, including one from the Cook Labor Government for a TAFE Centre of Excellence in Clean Energy.

These Centres of Excellence form a significant part of a vision for a dynamic and inclusive labour market where people can gain the skills they need to enter secure and well-paid work. Where no one is held back, and no one is left behind.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor

"I’d like to thank my counterpart Skills Ministers for their genuine cooperation in looking to rebuild national vocational education and training, with TAFE at its heart.

"TAFE Centres of Excellence will partner with industry, universities, and governments to address critical challenges in our economy, engaging with academic and industry experts in the design and delivery of training to bridge the gap between VET and higher education.

"The Centres will leverage the strengths of TAFEs and other public providers to grow high-potential, strategically important industries."