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Future Skills WA

Future Skills WA is the way the State Government prioritises training.

As the WA economy grows and diversifies, the outlook for jobs is constantly changing. Future Skills WA is about investing in training that equips people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand in Western Australia.

To do this, Future Skills WA provides an assured, subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where a training place is available.

By encouraging people to train in these vital areas, employers have access to the skilled workers they need today and in the future.

Many other important industry qualifications are also subsidised under Future Skills WA, however students are not guaranteed a place in these courses. These are called general industry training courses and foundation skills and equity courses.

All Future Skills WA courses are heavily subsidised by the Government of Western Australia. This creates more opportunities for people to gain valuable skills and qualifications that secure jobs and build successful careers.


To determine the priority skills needs for the Western Australian economy, the Department of Training and Workforce Development works with many industry stakeholders including training councils to gather information. This is put together with market intelligence, economic indicators and projections of occupational employment growth.

The Department also analyses labour supply factors, such as the ageing workforce, migration and graduates entering the jobs market.

Information and insights from all of these sources are analysed and used to develop a State priority occupation list for Western Australia. This list is updated annually.
From this, the Department identifies the list of priority industry qualifications for WA. This list is also updated regularly.

Assurance & Eligibility?

The assurance means that for courses categorised as State priority courses, the Government will not limit the number of training places it subsidises. The numbers enrolling in State priority courses are continuously monitored. If there is an oversupply of people with certain qualifications, the Government may, with prior notice, stop subsidising new enrolments in that course.

Under Future Skills WA, students decide the course they want to study and they will be guaranteed their training will be subsidised if:

  • the course has been identified as a State priority course
  • a State Training Provider (formerly TAFE) or a preferred private training provider has a training place available
  • the student meets the normal entrance requirements.

You are eligible for a guaranteed training place if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are

  • an Australian citizen.
  • a permanent visa holder.
  • a holder of visa subclass 309, 310, 820, 826 or 851.
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457.

Interstate apprentices and trainees may be eligible for publicly funded training, please refer to the Department's VET Fees and Charges Policy 2015 for eligibility requirements.
Under Future Skills WA there is no upper age limit and there are no restrictions based on your previous level of awarded qualification.

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