ADIA is the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians...................... — ADIA Strategic Plan

2017 Budget — Industry training spending

The 2017 Australian Government Budget has recognised the need for the nation to make a greater investment to support the increased take-up and completion of apprenticeships so as to avoid a long-term skills shortage into the future.

Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices

The Government will provide $60.0 million over two years from 2017‑18 to establish an industry specialised mentoring service to complement the existing In‑Training Support services available under the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network program.

...Dept. of Education & Training
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
$20.2 Mil $39.5 Mil
...Capital $0.3Mil

The mentoring service will support 45,000 Australian apprentices and trainees, particularly in the first two years of training, in order to improve completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in industries undergoing structural change.

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

The Government will provide $24.0 million over four years from 2017‑18 to establish a Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program to improve educational attainment, skills development, and employment opportunities for rural and regional students.

From 2017, at least 1,200 Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships of up to $20,000 each will be available for students undertaking undergraduate, post‑graduate or vocational education and training qualifications in priority fields of study including science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health.

Funding for this measure has already been provided for by the Government.

Skilling Australians Fund

The Government will provide $1.5 billion over four years from 2017‑18 to establish a permanent Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) to support the skilling of Australian workers. The Fund will prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships for occupations in high demand, occupations with a reliance on skilled migration pathways, industries and sectors of future growth, trade apprenticeships, and apprenticeships and traineeships in regional and rural areas. The Fund, when matched with funding from the States, will support up to 300,000 more apprentices, trainees, and higher level skilled Australians over the next four years.

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
...Dept. of the Treasury
$350.0 Mil $360.0 Mil $390.0 Mil $370.0 Mil

The Fund will support a range of projects which are focused on Commonwealth priorities and are designed to support growth in trade and non‑trade apprenticeships and traineeships in target areas. Projects may include providing incentives for employers, pre‑apprenticeship training, improving apprenticeship and traineeship retention and completion rates, and additional support for higher level apprenticeships.

The measures have been developed in the context of changes to Australia’s migration program that seeks to place new safeguards to protect Australian jobs and further the development of Australian skills

Budget Briefing —

Stakeholders from across the dental industry are encouraged to attend the 2017 ADIA Australian Government Budget Briefing that will be held on 24 May 2017 in Sydney. It will be presented by Bill Evans, the Chief Economist at Westpac. [Register Today]

Member Engagement —

ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to ensure that the initiatives within the 2017 Australian Government budget support the dental industry, the team in the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on the ADIA-BAC Business Affairs Committee.

Further Information —

To keep up to date with how ADIA is working to ensure that the Australian Government budget supports the dental industry, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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