Welcome to the Department of Training and Workforce Development

The Department of Training and Workforce Development manages the State Government’s investment in vocational education and training. We work together with individuals, employers, business and industry and training providers to build a skilled Western Australian workforce for the future.

Skills Ready: Boost your skills for the future!

A range of free short courses, job ready skill sets and 39 additional half-price course fees qualifications are now available under the new Skills Ready program. 


COVID-19 Support

Information about support measures available to individuals, jobseekers, apprentices and trainees, employers and business to assist with the impact of COVID-19. 

Lower fees, local skills — VET fees reduced for 2020

How would you like to choose from targeted qualifications in jobs growth areas, at half price course fees capped for the full year? If you want to get that dream job, change careers or learn some new skills then 2020 is your year!

Skilling Australians

Through the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund, we are working with industry, businesses and employers, training providers and other stakeholders to develop, introduce and support key strategies and VET programs across Western Australia's priority industries to build skills for the occupations that are most in demand – now, and into the future. 

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity is the WA Government’s response to the challenge of focusing the capacity of State Government to deliver better outcomes for all Western Australians. Targeted skills development through vocational education and training is a key strategy, as is supporting the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of our workforce. Find out how we are contributing to this exciting initiative. 

Jobs and Skills WA

As Western Australia’s economy grows and diversifies, the outlook for jobs is constantly changing. From 2018, Jobs and Skills WA is the way the State Government – through the Department – is prioritising its investment in training to focus on courses that support and enable people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Many qualifications are subsidised, including apprenticeships and traineeships across a range of industries.

Priority Start policy

The Priority Start policy came into effect in Western Australia on 1 April 2019, replacing the previous Government building training (GBT) policy. The new policy meets the State Government’s Plan for Jobs commitment to maximise opportunities for apprentices and trainees on all major State Government funded building, construction and maintenance contracts. 

Training providers and schools

We work with both public and private vocational education and training providers across Western Australia to provide support, information and resources that help to achieve quality outcomes for students and the State’s workforce.

Changes to TAFE in Western Australia

Following a review of the VET sector in Western Australia, the Training sector reform project was undertaken in 2015 to look at where improvements could be made to the State’s public training system; specifically the WA TAFE colleges, to deliver new choices to students, industry and the community.

Building the workforce to meet the economic and community needs of Western Australia

Annual report 2018–2019

The Department is pleased to announce that our Annual report 2018—19 is now available. The report provides the Western Australian Parliament and the community with an overview of our performance, as well as budget papers and other strategic documents. It offers transparency, accountability, and compliance with legislative and government policy requirements, focuses on key areas of achievement and describes the functions, operations and performance highlights of the Department over the period