Skills First Program
Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job or promotion you want. From January 2017, Victoria’s training and TAFE system will be overhauled through Skills First. A new approach to training will be implemented, setting a high benchmark for training quality, and supporting the courses that are most likely to lead to employment.
Subsidised training is available to eligible individuals through the Victorian and Commonwealth Government. Skills First funding is available to:
- Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens
- All candidates under 20 years of age
- Candidates 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than their existing qualification
- Candidates enrolled in two or less subsidised programs – this is referred to as the ‘2 course rule’.
Candidates will be eligible for funding for no more than two courses commenced at any given AQF level in their lifetime. This is referred to as the ‘2 at level’ limit.
Candidates may be required to pay a co-contribution depending on the qualification being undertaken. To find out the applicable student contribution by course, please refer to the tuition fees above.
There are also special eligibility exemptions that may apply to people holding referrals under the following:
- Asylum seekers and Victims of Human Trafficking Initiative
- Workers in Transition program
- Single and teenage parents training initiative
- Young people transitioning from care initiative.
- Automotive Supply Chain Training Initiative
JET Child Care Fee Assistance
Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care fee assistance is provided by the Australian Government as extra help with the cost of approved child care to support parents while they undertake study, work, or job search activities. JET Child Care fee assistance is available to eligible parents who have an agreement requiring them to undertake activities to help them enter or re-enter the workforce.
JET Child Care fee assistance can help meet the cost of child care by paying some of the ‘gap fee’ – the difference between the amount covered by Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the total fee charged.
Visit the Department of Education website for more information.
Centrelink is the Australian Government agency that provides social security payments and services including family assistance payments. It is also the gateway to Job Services Australia which assesses, registers and refers job seekers.
When applying for Centrelink benefits please quote the MCIE client code: 3P784
Small Business Grants
Business Victoria offers a range of Programs, Grants and Assistance for people starting their own business.