2015-16 Victorian budget

2015-16 Victorian budget

  • Published on Thursday 30 April, 2015
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The 2015-16 Victorian State Budget was announced on 12th May 2015. Following are excerpts as they affect employment skills, apprentices and trainees.

Vehicle registrations

Thousands of trade apprentices who rely on their car to do their job every day will be better off under the Andrews Labor Government’s $8.8 million discount registration scheme.

Under the scheme, eligible apprentice tradies can apply for a 50 per cent discount on their vehicle’s registration fee and Transport Accident Charge.

Eligible apprentices paying standard registration on a light vehicle in metropolitan Melbourne, will save $378.85 per year.

This extra financial support provided in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget will put more money back in the pockets of thousands of trade apprentices working across Victoria.

Electrical apprenticeships

Bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians and plumbers will be among those eligible for a discount if their employers can demonstrate that the use of the vehicle is an essential part of their work.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the skills of the next generation of Victorian workers. Money trade apprentices save on rego costs can now be invested in more training and more tools.

Eligible apprentices will be able to receive discounted registration from 1 January, 2016.

Victorian Skills Commissioner

The Budget also provides $8 million to establish a new Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner, which will provide advice on the training market, identifying where skills are needed and where jobs are growing.

Back To Work Fund

A $50 million TAFE Back To Work Fund will help campuses meet the needs of local employers, creating new training courses to give local students the skills they need for the jobs they want.