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Financial Incentives to Promote Adult Learning in Australia

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Australia requires a strong system of adult learning to position firms and workers to succeed as skill demand changes. The country has scope to improve the coverage and inclusiveness of its adult learning system as coverage has declined since 2012, and several vulnerable groups are under-represented. Financial incentives, if carefully designed, can raise participation in adult learning by addressing cost and time barriers. This report summarises the advantages and disadvantages with various financial incentives to promote adult learning based on international and Australian experience. Drawing from these insights, as well as analysis of individual and firm-level barriers, the report provides policy recommendations for how Australia could reform its financial incentives to boost participation.

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Financial incentives to address barriers to adult learning

This chapter discusses the main barriers to participation in and provision of adult learning reported by individuals and firms in Australia. If well-designed, financial incentives can help individuals and firms to overcome barriers related to cost and time, thus promoting greater engagement in adult learning. Six types of financial incentives are presented – individual learning accounts, training leave, training vouchers, subsidised training programmes, training levies, and tax incentives – along with examples of how they have been implemented in Australia and in other countries.

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