For JETCCFA purposes, study means educational activities as provided through an education institution, designed to prepare a person for the workforce or increase the ability and capacity of the person to undertake work.
This is restricted to courses at the vocational level Certificate II and above, as defined in the Australian Qualifications Framework, or a higher education qualification but not beyond graduate diploma level (therefore excluding Masters' and Doctoral degrees) with the following exemptions:
A person will only be able to enrol for courses that are a step-up, attainment wise, from a course they have studied previously. The course can only be at the same level if it leads toward an occupation in high demand as identified on the National Skills Shortage List - Australia.
From 4 February 2013 JETCCFA can be accessed when a person is undertaking a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (i.e. Year 12), regardless of a person's age. Normal activity limits apply unless a person meets one of the exception criteria (220.127.116.11).
From 1 July 2013, JETCCFA can be accessed when a person is undertaking a university enabling course. University enabling courses help prepare students for higher education and provide a pathway to university for students who would otherwise not be qualified. These courses may also be referred to as bridging courses, pathway courses, tertiary entry programs or tertiary preparation programs. Normal activity limits apply.
Open Universities Australia (OUA) is not a higher education provider therefore students who study through OUA are not enrolled in a 'course of study', rather they are enrolled in individual units and do not meet the definition of study for JETCCFA purposes. Students apply to a higher education provider (i.e. university) to receive a higher education award based on credits for units they have completed through OUA.
Last reviewed: 1 July 2013