Applications and Guidelines


The National Workforce Development Fund is supported with the assistance of funding provided by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry.

Applications / Guidelines:

Interested parties are strongly encouraged to call and discuss interest in the first instance.  Expressions of interest can be registered here.

Requests for applications can be made by emailing listing the trading name, ABN, contact person and email / telephone details.

Alternately, parties can access guidelines and apply online through the department’s site: NWDF guideliness and TED online application Link.

A full listing of skill sets available across Service Skills qualifications can be found here.

Service Skills approach requires applications to address the following three points:

  • What is the identified business/enterprise/sector need?
  • How will the proposed training response address the identified need?
  • How will the enterprise measure the effectiveness/impact in their business?

In their deliberations, the assessment panel will be considering value for money and capacity to benefit, and clarity that the enterprise and not training providers are driving proposals.

General Criteria:

Employers are required to co-contribute to the agreed cost of training as follows: Enterprises engaging 1-99 fulltime equivalent staff contribute 33%; Enterprises engaging 100-199 employees contribute 50%; Enterprises engaging >200 staff contribute 66%. (Please note business size is not based on a single site but the broader entity).

NWDF is to support training and assessment services. All third party payments (negotiated pre or post application) must be declared and can be subject to NWDF audit.

Candidate criteria includes citizenship/permanent residency/humanitarian status; and as a general rule be undertaking a full qualification.

Skill sets: Candidates with an existing Certificate 3 or higher qualification may access a ‘skill set’. Limited skill sets are available in the Hospitality and Sport & Recreation training packages (Refer to Attachment 1). Skill sets are also available in a range of business qualifications that may be applicable (Refer to Attachment 2 for sampling listing).

Participation by arms of local, state or Australian government departments may be restricted under NWDF guidelines.

Further information:

It is recommended that parties considering accessing this opportunity submit an Expression of Interest or contact Service Skills to discuss proposals in advance of lodging an application.

Enquires to Bernard Moore e: t: 02 8243 1200 m: 0433 244 638

Or Service Skills Australia t: 02 8243 1200

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