Find out How to Access Federal Government Funding for Beauty.


The National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) is an Australian Government program that helps businesses (Beauty Salons, Spa, Nail Bars, Hairdressers and Massage Therapy Businesses) identify and address their current and future workforce development needs. As a business you are able to apply for Government funding to increase your staff’s productivity.  Both existing staff and new staff have the opportunity to increase their qualifications and their skill level/usefulness for very little cost. In return these staff provide you with better productivity to your business and greater return on investment.

Where you have 1 – 99 staff in your business the government will pay 67% of the Qualification with Demi International Beauty Academy and the business/employee only needs to pay 33% of the total cost.

What does this look like

Scenario 1 – Up-skill Cert III in Beauty Services – Diploma of Beauty Therapy

You have a current employee qualified to Cert III in Beauty Services and I would like to up-skill this employee to a Diploma in Beauty Therapy so they can look after all clients and offer advanced treatments, in turn generating more income for the business.

Cost to up-skill to a Diploma                                               $7400

Government pays                                                                  $4958

Business/Employee Pays                                                    $2442!


Scenario 2 – Up-skill Diploma of Beauty Therapy to Voc Graduate Certificate in IPL & Laser

You have a current employee who is qualified to a Diploma in Beauty Therapy but you would like to start doing Laser Hair removal treatments to your clients, in turn generating more income for the business

Cost of the Voc Graduate Cert in IPL & Laser              $5700

Government pays                                                                  $3819

Business/Employee pays                                                    $1881!


Scenario 3 – Add a new Service to your business – Acrylic & Gel Nails

You have decided that you would like to start adding acrylic and gel nails to your existing business and none of your current staff have the skill or qualification. You do have a great person in mind that you would employ should they have the skill.


New employee completes the Cert II in Nail Technology      $3900

Government pays                                                                                                  $2613

Business/Employee pays                                                                                    $1287!


Scenario 4 – Up-skill Cert Beauty Therapists to provide Remedial Massage to your Clients

You have a day spa with lots of demand for remedial massage when Beauty Therapist are not trained to provide this style of massage. As a result you refer this business to another business up the road. Why not have some of your therapists trained in remedial massage so you can look after all of your clients’ needs and not send them elsewhere.

Cost of the Cert IV in Massage Therapy        $4500

Government pays                                                                  $3015

Business/Employee pays                                                    $1485!


Scenario 5 – Add a new Service to your business – Makeup Artistry

You have had a lot of demand for Makeup Artistry and would see the benefits of having this person manage the front of your salon and looks after reception, rebooking and walk in clients. All of your current therapists are busy in a room with clients. Why not employ a dedicated Makeup Artist who can manage the front of house and reception?

New employee completes Cert II in Retail Makeup & Skincare    $2700

Government Pays                                                                                                                           $1809

Business/Employee pays                                                                                                              $ 891!

Who can apply?

Organisations eligible to apply for funding include the following:

  • Any Beauty Salon, Spa, Nail Bar, Hair Salon & Massage Therapy Business
  • Professional associations, industry bodies and other lead agents representing a consortia of enterprises
  • Employment Service Providers

Who can receive training?

Training will be provided to existing workers and new workers, including currently unemployed job seekers who will be employed after completing the training.

To be eligible for training, an individual must:

  • not have previously completed the qualification they are applying for under the NWDF
  • be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a humanitarian refugee
  • be 17 years of age or over
  • satisfy course pre-requisites (such as adequate literacy and numeracy) to effectively undertake the training
  • meet any licensing requirements for relevant qualifications

Volunteers and those employed in the general government sector in Australian, State and Territory Government Departments are not eligible for funding.

What training will be delivered?

For new workers these qualifications can include Certificate II Nail Technology, Cert II in Retail Makeup & Skincare, Cert III in Beauty Services, Cert IV in Beauty Therapy & Cert IV in Massage Therapy, Diploma in Beauty Therapy & Diploma in Remedial Massage & Vocational Graduate Certificate in IPL and Laser Hair Reduction. For existing workers these qualifications can include Cert III in Beauty Services, Cert IV in Beauty Therapy & Cert IV in Massage Therapy, Diploma in Beauty Therapy & Diploma in Remedial Massage & Vocational Graduate Certificate in IPL and Laser Hair Reduction.

How to apply

If you are a business interested in applying you should first contact:

Mark Cross

Senior Project Officer – NWDF

M: 0428 219 240


Applications are then submitted to Service Skill Australia via an on-line application form available from TED Online ( Applications for funding are now open and Mark will be able to assist you in the application process.


Your application for funding must include a costing justification. Value for money is one of the criteria that will be used to evaluate applications. Applicants are encouraged to include a training needs analysis and workforce development plan with their application. A workforce development plan should outline what skills your employees have now, where you want your business to go, and what you need to do to get there.

Demi International can assist you in completing your application when you get to that part of the process, please call us on 07 -5309 6635 should you have any questions in the interim.

What is the role of Demi International Beauty Academy?

We will be contracted by Service Skills Australia (where you submit your application) to deliver training for projects that have been approved for funding. We enter into a partnership with one or more organisations to support the proposal for your business.

To access funding, Demi International is required to:

  • Enter a legally binding arrangement with Service Skills Australia with regard to the Fund
  • Offer and, where appropriate, undertake Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)/Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) assessments for each employee as appropriate
  • Deliver training that meets the needs of your business and your staff for Approved Projects
  • Maintain records of information collected from and provided to staff, including a separate file for each student issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment
  • Collect and submit data to Service Skills Australia to meet their reporting

Where can I find out more?

For further information visit the National Workforce Development Fund ( website.

If you have a whole-of-workforce need visit Australian Government Skills Connect (

You can also phone 133 873 between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday, or email

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