This topic explains the JETCCFA activity approval limit for study and training.
From 9 May 2012, a person undertaking study (1.1.S.140) or training (1.1.T.55) can be granted JETCCFA for only one block of 24 months (per qualification), or where the study or training is being undertaken part-time, for the part-time equivalent of up to 48 months.
Example: A person was granted JETCCFA after 9 May 2012. The person is eligible for 24 months at the vocational level II and above, or a higher tertiary qualification but not beyond Graduate Diploma level (excluding Masters' and Doctoral degrees).
A person who was eligible for JETCCFA prior to 9 May 2012, was grandfathered on previous JETCCFA study conditions and hours until they completed their current course of study or 30 December 2012, whichever came first. From 31 December 2012, all JETCCFA recipients are subject to the new activity limits, unless a person meets one of the criteria in the exceptions to the study and training activity limit, as outlined below.
From 1 July 2008 to 8 May 2012, a person undertaking study or training that provided for specific workforce preparation outcomes could be granted JETCCFA for up to 24 months (or where the study or training was being undertaken part-time for the part-time equivalent of up to 48 months). Where a person had already completed their 24 months JETCCFA for a study or training activity they were not eligible for further JETCCFA for study or training, unless the person had completed an intervening activity other than job search and the study or training activity was not a continuation of an earlier activity that reached its approval limit.
From 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007, JETCCFA was only granted for courses of up to 12 months full-time duration that provided for specific workforce preparation outcomes.
From 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008, JETCCFA was granted for courses of up to 12 months full-time duration, regardless of the length of the course that provided for specific workforce preparation outcomes.
The activity limit for courses of study (and training) may not apply to courses commenced prior to 1 July 2006: refer to 8.1.2 SJFA & JCCB Recipients Undertaking Courses of Study & Training.
Where a person has already completed their 24 months JETCCFA for a study or training activity they are not eligible for JETCCFA for a further study or training activity unless the course is a step-up, attainment wise, from a course they have studied previously.
Note: The course can be at the same course level only if it leads towards an occupation in high demand as identified on the National Skills Shortage List - Australia. This is regardless of whether a person undertakes an intervening activity.
The following rules apply in relation to the National Skills Shortage List - Australia:
A person residing in one of the 10 identified disadvantaged locations and participating in the BAFW targeted initiatives - Support for Jobless Families and Helping Young Parents measures are excluded from the new study and training limits that commenced 9 May 2012.
A person undertaking a course as part of identified pathways to improve their workforce abilities including courses under the LLNP and AMEP (where parents have school aged children who require out of school hours care) are excluded from the new study and training limits that commenced 9 May 2012.
Note: JETCCFA is not granted for participation in AMEP, where the children are under school age, as DIAC is responsible for funding the child care needs of participants. Where the children are school aged or over, and AMEP is not funding child care, JETCCFA may be granted.
Where circumstances beyond the person's control mean that they were not able to complete a semester or need to repeat part of their course, JETCCFA may be extended to cover the period lost due to those particular circumstances.
Example: If the person suffered a serious illness, or a close relative died.
From 15 March 2007, teenage parents (i.e. a parent who is under 20 years of age) may be approved for JETCCFA for the entire period it takes to complete their secondary education. This means that JETCCFA may be extended beyond the 24 month limit for study/training activity for those individuals.
Where a teenage parent will not complete their secondary studies before they turn 20 years old, JETCCFA may be extended to the end of the year in which they turn 20 years.
Example: A 17 year old enters Year 10 and indicates they will be continuing studies until Year 12 (i.e. they turn 20 years during the course of Year 12). JETCCFA can be extended until the end of Year 12.
Note: Teenage parents undertaking studies as part of the New Arrivals Programme (NAP) are 'undertaking secondary studies' and are therefore eligible for JETCCFA provided they meet the other eligibility requirements.
Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.I.120 Intervening activity (JETCCFA),1.1.J.30 JETCCFA activities, 1.1.J.50 JETCCFA activity limits, 1.1.S.140 Study (JETCCFA), 1.1.T.55 Training (JETCCFA), 8.1.2 SJFA & JCCB Recipients Undertaking Courses of Study & Training
Last reviewed: 20 March 2013