Budget boost to help tradies and apprentices

The Federal Government has committed $90.6 million to boost the number of skilled workers for the housing sector. 

The Federal Government has committed $90.6 million in the latest Budget to boost the number of skilled workers for the housing sector.

The Budget outlines more funding to help gain apprentices, fee-free training, streamlining the visa program for in-demand trades and an education and awareness program to assist participants navigate the complex process to be able to work on Australian building sites

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The Housing Industry Association (HIA) welcomes the Budget announcement.

“The Federal Government has committed to a target of building 1.2 million homes over the next five years which HIA broadly supports given Australia’s well documented housing shortages,”  HIA Managing Director Jocelyn Martin said.

“One of the key issues in building these much needed homes are having an adequate workforce and without this the Government will fall well short of its housing target.

“It is therefore pleasing to see the Budget commitment to start to address these skills shortages in our sector as well as the recognition of this as a key area of governments focus going forward.

“We recognise the challenges brought about by the lack of skills won’t be fixed overnight but it’s encouraging to see dedicated Government funding to help bring more workers into the industry.

“HIA lodged our pre-budget submission outlining key initiatives that could be taken to address the skills shortages and it is pleasing that a number of these have been picked as part of today’s announcement.

“Though missing from the announcement, is a key measure the Government should include in the Budget, being the continuation of financial incentives for employers to take on an apprentice.

“At a time when it is critical to avoid anything which will impact the ability to supply homes, HIA is encouraging the Australian Government to maintain the current national funding arrangements for employees to take on apprentices alongside the Budget commitments,” Martin said.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA’s) 2024-2025 Pre-Budget Submission can be downloaded here.

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