Minister for Defence Materiel Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, today announced the opening of the first of two funding rounds for the 2013-14 financial year to boost the skills of workers in the defence industry sector.
Funding of up to $9 million is available in Round One of the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) Program. The program aims to increase the quality of existing workforce skills and the quantity of skilled workers available to Australia’s defence industry.
“The SADI Program will boost the skills of defence industry workers by financially assisting Australian-based defence companies to participate in eligible training and skilling activities including apprenticeship supervision support, Masters level academic programs and short courses focused on technical and professional skill sets”, Dr Kelly said.
“The program will continue to boost Australia’s defence industry skills base by enlarging the pool of qualified engineers, technicians, tradespeople and project managers.
“I am particularly pleased to announce that additional flexibility is continuing to be introduced to the program to streamline its administration and overall efficiency.
“Applicants are able to bid for activities taking place at any time during the financial year in this first round. I urge companies to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Over $12 million will be available to fund eligible activities in the 2013-14 financial year, with up to $9 million available for Round One. The remainder, plus any funds unspent in Round One, will be available in a second round.
The first round of applications for SADI funding for 2013-14 opens today and will close at midnight (AEST) on Friday 31 May 2013.
To apply for SADI funding, or for more information, please visit http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/id/sadi or call the SADI hotline on 1800 651 292.
Dr Kelly’s office: Robbie Rynehart (02) 6277 7730 or 0459 810 654
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