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JobTrainer programme to provide TAFE courses will be extended in the Budget

The JobTrainer program providing extra TAFE places for thousands of young Aussies will be extended in Tuesday's federal budget.

The scheme saw the federal government provide $500million for free and low-cost vocational courses, with the funding matched by state and territory governments.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealed the policy aimed at 17 to 24 year-olds has created an extra 100,000 places since September.

The JobTrainer program providing extra TAFE places for thousands of young Aussies will be extended

The scheme saw the federal government provide $500million for free and low-cost vocational courses, with the funding matched by state and territory governments

It was due to expire this September but will be extended for another 12 months, according to the ABC.

The courses prepare workers for jobs in expanding sectors including healthcare, social care, transport, postal services and warehousing, manufacturing and retail.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will deliver his second budget speech in seven months at 7.30pm on Tuesday as he aims to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Frydenberg has already promised more big spending next financial year, with Deloitte predicting a budget deficit of $87billion, a figure well below this year's estimated $167billion shortfall.

'We won't be undertaking any sharp pivots towards austerity. We want more people in jobs and in better paying jobs. This is what our fiscal strategy is designed to achieve,' he said in a speech last week.

The courses prepare workers for jobs in expanding sectors including healthcare, social care, transport, postal services and warehousing, manufacturing and retail

The budget is expected to contain tax cuts for average earners, huge changes to the child care system, a big boost for the aged care sector and a $110billion infrastructure drive with projects set to generate thousands of jobs.  

The government will spend $1.7billion on a package that will bring in several sweeping changes to the childcare system.

The cost of childcare for a second and subsequent child will be subsidised by up to 95 per cent, up from the current 85 per cent maximum. 

The $10,000 subsidy cap for high-income earners will also be removed.

Mr Frydenberg said the changes would be a massive help to hundreds of thousands of families and boost the number of people returning to the workforce.  

Around 250,000 families are expected to save $2,260 a year on childcare fees. 

Families who earn a combined $110,000 and have two kids in childcare four days a week will save $95.39 a week.

The JobTrainer courses prepare workers for jobs in expanding sectors including healthcare, social care, transport, postal services (pictured) and warehousing, manufacturing and retail

Parents who earn $140,000 altogether will be able to save $124.80 per week.

'This is a targeted and proportionate investment that simultaneously makes childcare more affordable, increases workforce participation and boosts the Australian economy by up to $1.5billion per year,' Mr Frydenberg said. 

Around 18,000 families are also set to benefit when the $10,560 subsidy cap is lifted.

The change will be available for families who earn up to a combined $189,390 a year. 

Under the current plan, high-income earners have been forced to pay the full childcare fees after passing the $10,560 threshold. 

Minister for Education Alan Tudge said the cap had been a barrier for some parents who decided against returning to work.

'We're getting rid of that because we know from families it becomes a barrier from working more,' he said.

'By getting rid of that, people can have confidence to work the additional days without hitting the limit.'   

The government will spend $1.7billion on a package that will bring in several sweeping changes to the childcare system

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