Funding

Current Funding

The following is a brief overview of current sources for funding available for people wanting to complete a qualification.

  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
  • CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
  • CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

All grant programs have “Eligibility Criteria” for people wanting to access a funded place in a qualification.

Below are the current government funding which Key 2 Learning students of can access including:

1. Traineeships – Australian Apprenticeships – Australian Government

Qualification funding only – ACT

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an ACT training contract the Australian Apprentice must:
a) work in the ACT and
b) be at least 15 years-of-age and
c) be an: – Australian citizen – Permanent resident – New Zealand passport holder who has been a resident in Australia for more than 6 months, or – Visa holder with work rights on a pathway to permanent residency and not excluded from participation in government funded training (refer Table D) , and
d) receive remuneration for their work, and
e) complete a minimum of 15 hours combined work and training per week (employment and training hours may be averaged over 4 weeks for non- school based training contracts), and
f) undertake an approved Australian Apprenticeships qualification with an approved RTO, as listed on the ACT Qualifications Register; and
g) have the required supervision in the workplace for an Australian Apprentice. In the case of apprentices in the licensed trades of Electro technology and Plumbing, the supervisor must have the relevant qualification and license.
In addition to the above, to be eligible for an ACT training contract an Australian School-based Apprentice (ASBA) must:
a) be enrolled in a school under legislation that covers education in the relevant state/territory
b) combine part time work with an employer and structured industry approved training whilst attending school
c) continue employment and on/off-the-job training throughout the year including school holidays. The Australian Apprenticeship must form part of their education program or individual learning plan whilst attending school. Students must speak with their VET Coordinator/s, prior to the commencement of an ASBA or any subsequent ASBA as any qualifications must fit into the student’s pathway plan.
Casual employees cannot undertake an Australian Apprenticeship in the ACT. An employee can be a casual employee up to the point of entering into the training contract, however, the effect of establishing a casual employee as an Australian Apprentice under a training contract is that the individual becomes an employee under a legal contract for a fixed term. Under an Australian Apprenticeship the AA must be provided with regular hours every week and thus by definition they can no longer be a “casual” employee.

Eligible visa types (for funding)
100 Partner (Migrant) visa
189 Skilled Independent visa
190 Skilled Nominated visa
200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 866 Permanent Humanitarian visas
309 Partner (Provisional) visa
445 Dependent Child visa
801 Partner (Permanent) visa
820 Partner (Temporary) visa
A Bridging visa where the substantive visa appears on the eligible visa type list. Note: evidence of both the Bridging and substantive visa must be collected. For any other visa type, refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information and seek confirmation from the Directorate in writing prior to establishing a training contract.

NSW Qualification funding – Refer to  ‘Smart and Skilled

2. Skilled Capital – ACT Directorate of Education and Training

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Government.

Qualifications funded under Skilled Capital:

  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
  • CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
  • CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Mandatory student fee is $400.00 for Certificate III qualifications, $500.00 for Certificate IV qualifications, and $600 for Diploma qualifications. If you have an eligible and valid concession card, you will be required to only pay half of the relevant fee. On successful completion of your qualification the ACT Directorate will pay you a completion bonus of $300.00.

You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, or hold an eligible visa to be deemed eligible for the funding.

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Government.

3. Smart and Skilled

Qualification funding only – Funded as ‘Smart and Skilled’:

  • Capital Region
  • Central Coast
  • Central West
  • Coffs Harbour – Grafton
  • Hunter Valley excl Newcastle
  • Illawarra
  • Mid North Coast
  • Murray
  • Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
  • Riverina
  • Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven
  • Sydney

Eligibility criteria

A person who is eligible to receive Subsidised Training in all Smart and Skilled Programs except Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program is a person who, at the time of Enrolment in an Approved Qualification:

a. either:

  • lives or works in NSW (determined by postcode of the usual place of residence or place of work); or
  • lives in a defined interstate NSW border area (as identified by a postcode in the list set out in the Operating Guidelines) and is Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and

b. is:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a permanent Australian resident; or
  • a humanitarian visa holder; or
  • a New Zealand citizen;

and

c. is aged 15 years or older; and

d. is no longer in secondary education; and

e. complies with any relevant program eligibility criteria outlined in

f. clause 1.2 of this Schedule 2 and is not subject to the exemption set out in clause 1.4(a) of this Schedule 2.

1.2. Smart and Skilled Entitlement Full Qualifications Program and Smart and Skilled Entitlement Foundation Skills Program

  1. A person who has a Post – school Qualification at Certificate IV level or higher is not eligible for Subsidised Training for the Smart and Skilled Entitlement Full Qualifications Program or the Smart and Skilled Entitlement Foundation Skills Program.
  2. Despite clause 1.2(a) of this Schedule 2, if a person acquires a disability after completion of a Post -school Qualification at Certificate IV level or higher and needs to retrain in a new entry level career and provides evidence that the Qualification is necessary as part of a program of rehabilitation and that the injury was sustained after achieving the post school qualification then the person will be eligible to receive Subsidised Training in that Qualification.

1.3. Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

A person who is eligible to receive Subsidised Training in the Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program is a person who:

  1. at the time of Commencement in an Approved Qualification is an Apprentice or New Entrant Trainee and has a Training Contract; and
  2. has the Approved Qualification shown on their Training Contract.

1.4. Exceptions Despite clauses 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 of this Schedule 2:

  1. if a person is approved or registered as an Existing Worker Trainee, they will not be eligible to receive Subsidised Training in an Approved Qualification that is associated with the Training Contract for their existing worker traineeship, in relation to any Smart and Skilled Program; and
  2. the Department may, in its absolute discretion, allow a Provider to treat a person who does not fit any of the personal or program criteria set out in clauses 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 of this schedule as eligible to receive Subsidised Training.

2. Personal and program eligibility criteria for School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

A person who is eligible to receive Subsidised Training in School Based

Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program is a person who:

  1. at the time of Commencement in an Approved Qualification is approved or registered as a School Based Apprentice or School Based Trainee in NSW; and
  2. has the Approved Qualification shown on their Training Contract

Mandatory student fee is $1000.00