Skills for Education and Employment

A program to help develop speaking, reading, writing or basic maths skills to improve the chances of you getting and keeping a job.


You may be eligible for referral to the Skills for Education and Employment program if you are:

You may also be eligible if you are:

You can contact us by visiting a service centre or calling to find out if you are eligible for this program.

Referral, assessment and training

When you first register as a job seeker, we will check your eligibility for the program. We are also able to check your eligibility at any time while you are registered as a job seeker. If you are eligible, we will organise a referral to a nearby training provider for a language, literacy or numeracy assessment.

The training is:

  • 10 to 20 hours a week
  • in small groups, in a friendly environment with other people who face difficulties with reading, writing and maths
  • provided by professional staff with experience in teaching adult learners
  • intended to make it easier for you to do things like fill in forms, write letters, prepare resumés and job applications
  • developed to give you more confidence when looking for work
  • available in your own home through distance education for carers and others who may have difficulty in attending face to face training

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement

You may be eligible to receive the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement if you are attending the Skills for Education and Employment program and receive one of the following income support payments:

The supplement is $20.80 per fortnight.

You do not need to submit a claim to receive this payment. If you are eligible, it is automatically paid with your regular payment every fortnight while you participate in the program.

You cannot receive the supplement if you receive:

  • Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) or ABSTUDY PES
  • an Approved Program of Work Supplement, which is paid to participants in Work for the Dole, Green Army (part time) and eligible Remote Jobs and Communities Programme activities


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Page last updated: 5 February 2016