New Covid Skill Sets Funded In ACT

Date —

29 May 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

Independent vocational education and training providers across the Australian Capital Territory will be able to deliver five key skill sets under the new National Infection Control Training Fund thanks to the advocacy for contestable funding led by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA). 

Key Issues —

The Australian Government, together with state and territory governments, have established a new $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast-track fee free (or low cost) infection control training to support the re-opening of customer-facing businesses nationwide. 

The new infection control skill sets are the first national training products developed by the new Australian Industry Skills Emergency Response Sub-Committee in response to Covid-19. The skill sets have been designed to complement, rather than replace, existing non-accredited infection control training.

The decision by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government to fund independent providers to deliver these critical skill sets (where they are within scope) follows strong advocacy by ITECA that highlighted the reputation of high-quality providers in delivering quality outcomes that students and their employers are looking for.

These critical skill sets will help reduce the risk of Covid‐19 transmission in the workplace and improve confidence among consumers that it is safe to re‐engage with businesses in the ACT.

From 5 June 2020, at least 3,800 fully funded Skilled Capital training places will be available across
the following Skill Sets:

New Infection Control Skill Sets  —

  • HLTSS00064 Infection control Skill Set
  • HLTSS00065 Infection control Skill Set (Retail)
  • HLTSS00066 Infection control Skill Set (Food Handling)
  • HLTSS00067 Infection control Skill Set (Transport and Logistics)
  • SITSS00050 Food handling

The skill sets are designed to support individuals who require infection control skills and knowledge to decrease the risk and transmission of infection whilst carrying out their daily duties. 

The 3,800 places are in addition to the recent announcement by the ACT Government of 1,780 more Skilled Capital places across 73 qualifications and 38 skills, under the Skilled Capital program.

A new compliance guide for delivering training in these skill sets will be published on the Skills Canberra Website on 2 June 2020. To view or download the latest updates on training packages from the Emergency Response Sub-committee visit:

Further Information ꟷ

Resources have also been developed to support Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to deliver the skill sets. These resources include comprehensive advice on how to contextualise delivery of the skill sets to the different industry audiences in the retail, transport and logistics, and food handling sectors.

ITECA members that deliver contracted services in the ACT are expected to be contacted directly by Skills Canberra in the coming days. 

Independent RTOs support more than 73% of the 57,200 students undertaking a vocational education and training programs across the ACT according to data from the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research.


Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Australian Capital Territory Committee.

Further Information —

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