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CPD Grants Program 2022 - 2024

The Tasmanian Government is providing funding of $300,000 for eligible organisations to assist in the provision of continuing professional development (CPD) for licence holders with CPD obligations under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005.

Background

The Occupational Licensing Act 2005 provides Tasmania’s legislative framework for the licensing of practitioners and contractors that undertake work in the building and construction industry and the traditional trades. This includes builders, building surveyors, architects, building designers, engineers, electricians, plumbers, gas-fitters and permit authorities.

Since 2016, the Occupational Licensing Act 2005 has required licence holders to undertake CPD activities for each year of a licence term. Compliance with CPD requirements forms part of the licence renewal process.

CPD is a key component in ensuring that licenced persons maintain and develop their technical knowledge and skills, particularly around changes to Australian Standards and new or emerging technologies.

CPD activities consist of a range of training and learning methods and may include face-to-face presentations, webinars, industry events or online learning and assessment.

CPD activities cover a range of areas relevant to licence holders including work health and safety, technical awareness and knowledge, new and emerging technologies, business skills and legislative compliance.

Industry associations and other representative organisations play an important role in the development, coordination and delivery of CPD for their members and the industries they serve.

Eligibility for funding

Applicants must be:

  • A legal entity (company, incorporated association or similar)
  • Able to demonstrate that the organisation represents or provides services to specific categories or a class of licence holders under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005

Applicants may be asked to supply evidence to support claims regarding eligibility as part of the assessment process.

Eligibility does not automatically mean a grant will be approved.

Initiatives that will be considered for funding

Funding is available for initiatives that:

  • Enhance the capacity of organisations to deliver CPD
  • Develop or update CPD training materials
  • Reduce costs or improve access to CPD for practitioners
  • Other initiatives which are consistent with the program objectives

Initiatives must relate to the delivery of CPD activities that are relevant to a class or group of licence holders’ professional obligations, and can include:

  • Work Health and Safety
  • Technical awareness, knowledge and skills
  • New and emerging technologies and products
  • Business skills
  • Legislative compliance

Funding will only be provided for initiatives which are consistent with the Occupational Licensing (Continuing Professional Development) Determination 2018.

There is a cap of $60,000 per individual organisation. Organisations are encouraged to consider partnering with each other to expand the availability of initiatives available to licence holders.

Initiatives must be planned to be delivered by 30 June 2024.

Initiatives that will not be considered for funding

Grants will not be awarded for the following purposes:

  • The development of privately-owned facilities
  • Grants to run activities which are solely for commercial profit
  • Payment of debt
  • Political activities
  • The core business of educational or religious organisation
  • Funding for prize money, prizes or trophies
  • Training run solely for fundraising purposes, without broader community benefit

Making an application

Applications should have regard to the program objectives and assessment criteria.

Applicants will be required to prepare a proposal which outlines:

  • How the funding is proposed to be used
  • How the initiative meets the selection criteria
  • How the initiative will be implemented
  • How the initiative will provide benefits to a class or group of licence holders

An eligible application will be assessed by a panel of CBOS staff and be assessed against the criteria set out in the table below.

Assessment Criteria

Weighting

The initiative aligns with one or more of the program objectives

40%

The organisation can demonstrate a capacity to deliver the initiative

15%

The organisation has a feasible implementation plan to deliver the initiative

15%

The initiative will provide benefits for licence holders

15%

The initiative demonstrates value for money

15%

Applications close 30 June 2022.

To make an application, first read the Program Guidelines (PDF, 314.1 KB).

Further information

Program Guidelines (PDF, 314.1 KB) are available for more information about the program including:

  • Assessment criteria
  • Timeframes
  • Appealing a decision
  • Grant payments
  • Refunding the Department
  • Taxation and financial implications
  • Publicity of grant assistance
  • Right to information
  • Confidentiality
  • Personal information protection
  • Disclosure

For any questions, email cpd.grants@justice.tas.gov.au.

Updated: 15 Jun 2022

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