Apprentices are among tonight’s big-budget winners, with $2.8 billion earmarked to assist their rates of participation, completion and eventual recruitment.
Apprentices are among tonight’s big-budget winners, with $2.8 billion earmarked to assist their rate of participation, completion and eventual recruitment.
Federal funding will be provided over the next five years to introduce a new Australian apprenticeships incentive system, which will provide support to employers and apprentices in priority occupations at a total cost of $954 million.
That will include $5,000 payments to new apprentices.
A further $365.3 million will meanwhile be spent on extending the boosting apprenticeship commencements and completing apprenticeship commencements wage subsidies to the end of this financial year.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg tonight said these subsidies would be worth up to $15,000.
At the other end of the education system, universal access to early childhood education, will be replaced by a new, national partnership agreement on universal access to early childhood education.
WA will receive $46.5 million under the preschool reform agreement, which will support up to 15 hours of preschool access per week.
That agreement runs through to 2025 and is worth $188.5 million over five years.
Regional childcare providers in 20 new service areas meanwhile will receive $19.4 million through to the middle of the decade.
That comes just weeks after research from Victoria University, partially funded by the Minderoo Foundation, flagged scarce childcare in Australia’s regions as a major structural issue.
In terms of increasing female participation in the workforce, Mr Frydenberg also announced up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave will be made available to single parents, while mothers and fathers will be able to share their leave between them.
Mr Frydenberg this evening touted record funding for preschools, schools, and Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding for 30,000 new university places in his budget speech.
“In tonight’s budget, we continue to invest in these critical areas,” he said.