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Media Release

 

SENATOR THE HON. CHRISTOPHER ELLISON

Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training

Senator for Western Australia

 

SENATOR THE HON. CHRISTOPHER ELLISON

 

E168/98

23 September 1998

 

GROUP TRAINING COMPANIES TO BENEFIT FROM GOVERNMEN T’S REFORMS

 

“Group Training Companies will benefit from the Government’s Tax Reform Package and the Coalition’s policy announcements,” said Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, Senator Chris Ellison today.

 

Senator Ellison was addressi ng the Group Training Australian Northern Territory and Queensland Annual Conference at Southport Queensland.

 

“The Government’s Tax Reform Package will lower industry costs by $10 billion every year from 2001-02, and help industry take on more employees. It will help to boost business in the bush by reducing the cost of diesel fuel in heavy transport and rail down 25 cents a litre, and cut the cost of producing exports by $4.5 billion a year.

 

“Group Training Australia analysis has forecast New Apprenticeship numbers to grow massively, reaching between 39500 and 44,100 by June 2001.

 

The Coalition’s policy “Skilling Australia” will further support Group Training Companies in non metropolitan Australia.

 

The Coalition will provide $91.5 million over four years to boost much needed training in rural and regional Australia. A regional skills shortage incentive payment of $1,000 will be provided to employers of New Apprentices in defined trades and occupations experiencing skill shortages in non-metropolitan areas. This incentive will be paid as a progression payment.

 

Group training companies, through their rotation of New Apprentices, help expand entry level training opportunities in small business — the major source of future growth in New Apprenticeships. Over 50 Group Training Companies operate in regional Australia helping small business, and providing jobs for young people.

 

This initiative will strengthen the skills base in regional and rural Australia thereby supporting local communities, group training companies, business and regional jobs growth.

 

Commencing on 1 January 1999, this initiative will support up to 30,000 New Apprenticeships in rural and regional small businesses.

 

Group Training Companies will receive an annual direct and indirect public contribution of around $90 million over 1998/99.

 

Media inquiries:  Samantha Herron 02/6277 7540; 0412 639 754

 

 

 

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