Skills for Education and Employment

The Skills for Education and Employment program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths skills.

Who can join

To join this program you must:

  • be 15 to 64
  • be looking for full time work
  • have the right to work in Australia.

You must be an active job seeker registered with 1 of the following:

Read more about the Community Development Program on the National Indigenous Australians Agency website.

If you’re 22 or older, you must also be getting 1 of these payments:

If you’re not getting 1 of these payments, you can still join if any of these apply:

How to join

If you’re a job seeker, at your first appointment with us we’ll check if you’re eligible to join. If you are eligible, we’ll talk to you about it.

Otherwise, talk to us at any time if you want to join.

How it works

Here’s what happens when you’re eligible and want to join the program:

  • We make an appointment for you with a local training provider.
  • They assess your speaking, reading, writing and maths skills.
  • If you’re assessed as suitable, they offer the right level of training for you.
  • You train for 10 to 25 hours a week.

The courses are in small, friendly groups with other people who need help with the same things. If you can’t go in person, you may be able to do it through distance training.

Training will give you more confidence when you look for work. And, you’ll find it easier to:

  • fill in forms
  • write letters
  • prepare your resumé
  • write job applications.

Who can get the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement

This is an extra payment for some people in the Skills for Education and Employment program.

The supplement is $20.80 per fortnight.

You must be in the program and getting 1 of these:

You can’t get the supplement if you’re getting any of these:

  • Pensioner Education Supplement
  • ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement
  • an Approved Program of Work Supplement, such as for Work for the Dole or Community Development Program activities.

Applying for the supplement

You don’t need to apply. We check if you can get it when you start Skills for Education and Employment.

If you’re eligible, we pay it with your main payment every fortnight while you’re in the program.

How to manage your money

We’ve got tips and tools to help you:

  • budget
  • build savings
  • manage loans and credit  
  • deal with debt.

Read how to manage your money.

Page last updated: 5 September 2019