Government Fundings

The ARA Retail Institute is a key specialist on the Service Skills Australia (Industry Skills Council) Advisory Board which provides advice and direction on training packages and funded training to government. This relationship facilitates access to information relating to industry training packages, funding streams and future opportunities. Some of the current and potential funding streams are outlined below.

ACT Funding

ACT Training and Education

act-education-logoThe Priorities Support Program is a training initiative funded by the ACT Government

The ACT Education and Training Directorate (the Directorate) is responsible and accountable for the provision of strategic advice and overall management of vocational education and training (VET) and higher education.

NSW Funding

Smart and Skilled

smart-and-skilled-logoSmart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.


Download NSW – statement of fee

QLD Funding

Training Queensland

qg-coaThe Department of Education, Training and Employment is committed to ensuring Queenslanders have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Queensland.


Download QLD – statement of fee

TAS Funding

Skills Tasmania

skillstasidentity_JPGSkills Tasmania is responsible for planning, purchasing and supporting the delivery of vocational education and training (VET) services for Tasmania.

ARA Retail Institute is proud to be Skills Tasmania Endorsed RTO as having met the objectives of the system to assist Skills Tasmania with raising and assuring the quality of government subsidised training for Tasmanian learners and employers.

VIC Funding

Skills First

logoA new approach to training will be implemented, setting a high benchmark for training quality, and supporting the courses that are most likely to lead to employment.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Skills First Eligibity Indicator – Check your eligibility for Skills First funding


Download VIC – statement of fee

Individuals enrolling into a Skills First funded qualification must consider the following when accepting funding:


Have you already enrolled into a government subsidised course this year?

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).

For the purposes of Schedule 1, Clause 2.3 of VET Funding Contract: An individual is eligible to commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses.

For the purposes of Schedule 1, Clauses 2.7 and 2.8 of this Schedule 1 – VET Funding Contract, if an individual is seeking to enrol in an qualification listed on Approved Pre- Apprenticeship and Pathway Qualifications will not be counted towards the course maximums.


Have you already enrolled into a government subsidised course at the same level than the one you are seeking to enrol?

You can only receive two government-subsidised places at the same qualification level over a lifetime.

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), to students transitioning from a superseded qualification to the current version of the same qualification to a current version or recommencing training in the same qualification with either at the same or a different training provider).

WA Funding

Future Skills WA

JPG-FUTURESKILLSWA_word_mark_HORIZ-1As 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 guarantees training will be subsidised in State priority courses for eligible students where a training place is available.