Types of program options that can be considered for this type of suitable activity (including as a work experience activity) include:
State programs that may be considered include:
These work experience activities can fully satisfy a job seeker's annual work experience activity requirement and they are combinable with other work experience activities.
The hours requirement, for the purposes of satisfying a job seeker's work experience activity requirement, will vary depending on the particular hours requirement of the program.
The duration of placement on these types of work experience activity may also vary depending on the duration of the selected program.
Satisfactory participation in this work experience activity will depend on the rules of the selected program.
The LLNP provides basic language, literacy and numeracy training for eligible job seekers whose skills are below the level considered necessary to secure sustainable employment or pursue further education and training. It is designed to help remove a major barrier to employment and improve participant's daily lives.
The LLNP provides up to 800 hours of adult language, literacy and numeracy training, which is designed to lead to a measurable improvement in the language, literacy and numeracy competencies of participants. The training is undertaken at between 10 and 20 hours per week.
Although most of the training is delivered in a face-to-face situation, training can also be undertaken by distance education anywhere in Australia. This is particularly suited to job seekers with carer responsibilities, and those who may not live within a reasonable commuting distance of a face-to-face service provider.
To access LLNP, a job seeker must generally be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, must be of working age (generally 15-64 years of age), registered with Centrelink as looking for work (i.e. a job seeker), and not a full-time student. Some temporary visa types are not eligible for this program for more details refer to the program guidelines.
LLNP training is delivered in the following streams:
The Access Program is a suitable activity that provides vulnerable job seekers with pre-vocational training and other forms of support and assistance to help them find and keep skilled employment in an Australian apprenticeship. It also assists job seekers to get into other employment or further education or training.
The Access Program is a suitable activity that provides vulnerable job seekers who experience barriers to entering skilled employment by providing them with a tailored package of nationally recognised pre-vocational training on an Australian apprenticeship pathway, intensive job search support and post placement support. The program is delivered nationally by brokers and providers who work with industry to meet local labour market needs. The program is provided at no cost to participants.
The Access Program is suitable for job seekers aged 15 years and over. It includes a minimum of 150 hours of pre-vocational training linked to an Australian apprenticeship pathway, up to 13 weeks of job search support and at least 13 weeks post placement support. Training periods of this length are considered as full-time activities.
Clients must meet residency requirements, be registered job seekers who have expressed an interest in undertaking an Australian apprenticeship and have one or more personal circumstances as barriers to achieving that goal.
Prior to being accepted into the Access Program, a job seeker needs to express an interest in pursuing an Australian apprenticeship, meet program eligibility criteria - namely, they have barriers to gaining an apprenticeship, and be assessed by an Access Program broker as having a capacity to benefit from all of the program.
Eligible participants in the Access Program include (but are not limited to) mature aged job seekers re-entering the labour force, people who left school early, the long-term unemployed, people with a disability and Indigenous Australians.
For more detailed information on the eligibility criteria for the Access Program, see The Australian Apprenticeships Access Program Guidelines.
The AMEP is a suitable activity that provides up to 510 hours of basic English language tuition to migrants and refugee's from non-English speaking backgrounds.
The AMEP is available to adult migrants (18 years or over) for whom English is not the first language, and who have been assessed as not having functional English skills.
The following categories of people are eligible:
AMEP tuition is delivered in each state and territory by service providers who are specialists in English language teaching. To ensure access to the AMEP, clients may choose from a range of learning options:
Distance learning and the Home Tutor Scheme are available to clients who cannot attend formal classes because of class location or timing, or for personal, cultural, work-related or other reasons.
YC provides a national, flexible, individualised and responsive service for young people who are most at risk of disconnecting from education or training (and therefore not attaining Year 12 or equivalent) and of not making a successful transition to further study, training or employment. The YC service model has been tailored in each state and territory.
YC has 3 service delivery elements:
Individual support services should be flexible and seamless and reflect the young person's personal situation and circumstances, aiming to build resilience and improve the personal skills and wellbeing of the young person and ultimately for the young person to attain a Year 12 or equivalent qualification. There is no defined service period for young people in the YC Program.
YC is an approved activity for YA (other) and fully meets activity test requirements.
YC does not have a standard hourly requirement. Hours of participation are assessed on the individual needs of the young person.
YC targets young people who are experiencing a combination of issues which present significant barriers to their educational attainment and successful transition.
To be eligible to participate in YC, a young person must be:
To search for a YC provider in your area or learn more about the program visit http://transitions.youth.gov.au/Sites/transitions.
CDEP is an approved LMP for unemployment payment, in remote communities where the availability of employment and other LMPs is limited. It provides unemployed Indigenous people with activities designed to meet community needs, develop their skills and improve their employability in order to assist them to move into employment outside the CDEP. These activities can also lead to the development of business enterprises.
All JSA providers are required to work in partnership with CDEP providers where they exist (unless the CDEP provider is also the local JSA provider) and Indigenous employment providers, employers and community service organisations, to maximise Indigenous employment in local jobs both within their organisation and within the local and the wider community.
Where CDEP has been nominated as an activity in a person's EPP and a place in CDEP is offered to that person he/she is required to take up that place.
Failure to commence or comply with the conditions of CDEP can result in a possible suspension of payment (3.1.13).
NEIS helps eligible job seekers start up and run their own small businesses through a nation-wide network of NEIS providers. NEIS providers include local organisations, such as Business Enterprise Centres, TAFE Small Business Centres, community organisations, and private sector businesses.
Job seekers undertake NEIS training, which is ether Certificate IV in Small Business Management or Certificate III in Micro-business Operations. During training, job seekers develop a NEIS business plan, to be approved by their NEIS provider.
If the business plan is approved, job seekers go on to receive NEIS assistance, which includes:
Additionally, the NEIS business must be:
Job seekers should speak with their JSA or DES provider, who will assess their personal eligibility requirements and refer them to a NEIS provider for further eligibility checks.
Job seekers can read more about NEIS on the DEEWR website at www.deewr.gov.au/neis.
Act reference: SSAct section 606 Newstart Employment Pathway Plan-terms, section 607 Newstart Employment Pathway Plans-principal carers, section 607A Newstart Employment Pathway Plans-people with partial capacity to work, section 607B Newstart Employment Pathway Plan-requirement to participate in an approved program of work, section 544B Youth Allowance Employment Pathway Plan-terms
Last reviewed: 20 September 2012