Who can get the Transition to Work subsidy

You need to meet certain criteria to get Additional Child Care Subsidy Transition to Work.

You must have an active Job Plan or Participation Plan at the time you apply for this subsidy. If you don’t, you must enter into one within 28 days of applying or we’ll reject your application.


You must:

You must also have either an active:

You must also be getting 1 of these payments:

Or 1 of these payments:

Transition to Work activity requirements

Studying, looking for a job, working or training all count as activities.

You’ll need to give us evidence of the activity you’re doing. Read more about providing support documents.


To meet the study requirements you must be:

  • doing at least 1 approved course of education or study
  • making satisfactory progress to complete the course.

Approved course of education or study

Your level of study must be a higher level than you’ve completed in the last 10 years. This doesn’t apply if the course qualifies you for a job on the Skills Shortage List. You can read about occupational skills shortages on the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business website.

If you already get a payment from us as a student, your study requirements will be the same.

Example of doing an approved course of education or study

Grace has a Certificate IV that she completed 5 years ago. This means, she can get the Transition to Work subsidy to study at the Diploma level or above. To get it for a lower level, it must help her work toward a job on the Skills Shortage List. In this case, a lower level of study would be a Certificate IV or lower.

Satisfactory progress to complete the course

You must be attending the course and meeting the minimum requirements of the course. You’ll need to give us evidence of your progress, if requested.

Example of not making satisfactory progress

Alex has been going to classes for his approved course, however he fails his first semester subjects. Because of this he can’t do the second semester subjects. This means Alex doesn’t meet the minimum requirements. He’ll need to let us know he’s not making satisfactory progress for this additional subsidy.

Looking for a job

To meet job search requirements you must be actively looking for work. This includes activities such as:

  • looking for job vacancies
  • preparing resumes and applying for jobs
  • contacting potential employers
  • preparing for and attending job interviews.


To meet the work requirements you must be either:

  • doing paid work
  • doing unpaid work including work experience or an internship
  • volunteering
  • doing unpaid work in a family business
  • actively setting up a business.


To meet the training requirements you must be doing either:

  • a vocational training course
  • another program which will improve your job prospects.

Other programs could include government funded rehabilitation or a literacy and numeracy program.

Page last updated: 2 July 2019

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