Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has laid out his party’s plans for skills training and universities during what has been described as an unofficial campaign launch ahead of next year’s election.

In a bid to get more Australians employed and upskilled, 465,000 free TAFE places would be offered under a Labor term, as well as $500 million in university funding.

Labor will prioritise universities targeting under-represented groups like those who are the first in their family to go to university, people in regional, remote, and outer-suburban areas, and First Nations people.

Anthony Albanese said their investment would lead to more employment prospects – for more Australians.