Indigenous Responsive Program

This page has information about Indigenous Responsive Program funding for regional and remote communities, to train workers for projects in the community. 

What is provided

Training can either be accredited or non-accredited. Read more about how vocational education and training (VET) accredited training is defined on the Australian Government's Australian Skills Quality Authority website.  

Funding priority is given to applicants located in regional and remote areas.

Training outcomes

By the time you have finished the training, you and your community may have the following:

  • increased or improved work skills
  • better employment pathways or opportunities
  • nationally recognised qualifications.

Costs covered

This funding may cover the entire cost of training for people looking for work, or up to 50% of the cost for training existing workers. An existing worker is someone who has worked continuously for an employer either full-time for three months, or part-time or casually for six months.

​This funding will not cover any of the following:

  • wages for participants
  • capital equipment
  • licensing fees
  • travel costs for participants.

Eligibility criteria

Your community organisation must be a registered business or an incorporated body and must make sure that the people who receive the training can meet all the following criteria:

  • are Indigenous
  • live in the NT
  • are at least 17 years old.

The proposed training will provide clients with the knowledge and skills to work on their community projects. The training must be completed by the end of the calendar year.

The proposed training should have some or all of the following features:

  • demonstrated community support
  • quality, innovative training and appropriate techniques that meet the needs of Indigenous communities
  • is linked to a strategic plan - eg business plan, community plan, organisational plan or training plan.

How to apply

To apply for funding fill in the Indigenous Responsive Program application form (61.6 kb).

Submit the form to your nearest Department of Trade, Business and Innovation workforce training coordinator. If you need more information or help with your application you should contact your nearest coordinator.

Training needs identified during community visits by other organisations such as government agencies, training organisations, or industry bodies can also be followed up by regional training coordinators.

The department encourages communities to develop applications that will cover their training needs over a six or 12-month period. 

Successful applications

Once your application has been approved, a workforce training coordinator will contact you to let your know about the next steps.

Your community or organisation can then contact the training organisation to arrange delivery of the training. 

Regional training coordinators may conduct community visits to monitor your training program. 

The department will provide the payment for the training in two parts:

  • 70% at the initial signing of the funding contract or notice of variation for a registered training organisation, or the memorandum of agreement for general vocational education and training activities
  • 30% on completion of training on submission of evidence from the training organisation that training hours have been completed; or as outlined in the terms and conditions of the funding agreement.

Unsuccessful applications​

If your application is not approved, a workforce training coordinator will contact you to provide reasons for the decision and to discuss alternative options.

Last updated: 27 June 2017