TSDS fund re-opening – 10 April 2019

The TSDS Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the TSDS fund will be open to new applications 9:00am AEST Wednesday 10 April 2019. Applications for a maximum of $20,000 in funding will be taken on a ‘first in, best dressed’ approach until limited funding has been fully allocated.


  • Applications open 9:00am AEST Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Applications will only be accepted via email to tsds@forestworks.com.au
  • The email date stamp will be used as the guide for time of receipt
  • Applications received prior to opening date/time will not be accepted
  • Limited funding available
  • Applications capped at $20,000
  • Applicants may submit more than one application however they must be for distinct projects and lodged as separate emails
  • Applications will be assessed as per standard process – refer to existing TSDS Guidelines
  • If applications require clarification or referral to the TSDS Steering Committee, the amount of funds will be quarantined until a decision is made. This may delay approvals for subsequently received applications.
  • If there are insufficient funds remaining for an application, the applicant will be advised that they can accept the remaining amount available. No other applications would be accepted until the applicant advised their intention.
  • An announcement will be made once the funding has been fully allocated.

For more information or assistance with an application please contact ForestWorks on 1800 177 001 or tsds@forestworks.com.au.

TSDS applications are on hold

The Tasmanian Training and Skills Development Service (TSDS) fund for training and workforce development planning has been well subscribed and as such is approaching the limit of funding availability.

In order to ensure appropriate and strategic allocation of remaining funds, decisions relating to new applications are on hold pending a review of the program to date. During this review period, applications will not be accepted as of 3:30 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Interested parties may register an expression of interest to be notified if and when applications re-open however a notice to all providers and interested parties will be issued when appropriate.

The TSDS team will send a confirmation of receipt to all applicants that have submitted an application prior to the commencement of the hold.

Applicants wishing to change currently approved projects must submit a change request, prior to undertaking the change, which will be assessed on its merit and availability of funding.

The project team invite applicants with currently approved projects that are not going to proceed to withdraw these projects allow the funds to be made available for other projects.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please contact ForestWorks on 1800 177 001  or email tsds@forestworks.com.au.


Supporting industry to adjust to changing job requirements

With advances in technology and new product development, job roles in our industry will continue to change. The Training and Skills Development Service recognises this challenge.

Tasmanian forest and timber industry workers and their employers can now access funds to undertake training and develop their skills to meet the requirements of new job roles and responsibilities. This service also enables workers to gain formal recognition for skills they have already gained.


Key outcomes of this service

  • Enterprises assisted to meet and respond, to emerging industry directions to support the rebuilding and growth of the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Products Industry.
  • Enterprises supported to increase their performance via a review of future enterprise development objectives, job roles, skills gaps and planning for skills development activity.
  • Employees in the forest and timber industry skilled up and engaged in learning to meet changing work environments and skills requirements.
  • The skills of existing employees are appropriately recognised.
Download the Guidelines

For further details about eligibility requirements and the application process.


Apply here

Current and potential workers in the Tasmanian forest and timber sector can access this service.

Funding is available to both private and public businesses, in both the plantation and native sectors, for training courses that meet the following criteria:

  • training that is of benefit to the Tasmanian Forest and Timber Industry;
  • that is relevant to current and/or future job roles in the forestry sector;
  • and provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Funding can also be accessed to support the development or review of a business’ workforce development plan.

Application Form


Further resources

This document provides a brief overview of the application process.

Download the Process Flow document

This quick guide is designed to assist you to identify the steps within the life of your TSDS Project.

Download the Employer Quick Guide

Download the Employer Quick Guide for Single Units of Competency

These quick guides re designed to assist you in identifying the steps within the life of your TSDS Project.

Download the RTO Quick Guide

Download the RTO Quick Guide for Single Units of Competency

This tool is designed to help you identify skills gaps in your workforce and to plan for training needs.

Download the Strategic Workforce Development Tool


Case Studies

 For further information about past projects please see Case Studies. 




Industry Steering Committee

Forest Industries Association of Tasmania Terry Edwards (Chair)
Sustainable Timber Tasmania Craig Patmore
Tasmanian Sawmillers Association Robert Torenius
Tasmanian Forest Contractors Association Karen Hall
Tasmanian Special Timbers Alliance Andrew Denman
CFMEU – FFPD Division Denise Campbell-Burns
Skills Tasmania Stuart Hollingsworth
Department of State Growth Graeme Nibbs (Observer)



The Tasmanian Training and Skills Development Service is funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to support the rebuilding and reskilling of the Tasmanian forest and timber industry.