Skills for Education and Employment

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


To join this program you must:

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

If you’re not getting one of these payments, you may still join if you’re:

How to join

When you first register as a job seeker, we’ll check if you’re eligible for the program. If you are, we’ll talk to you about joining.

You can talk to us at any time if you want to take part. If you’re eligible, we’ll arrange for you to join.

How it works

  1. We make an appointment for you with a local training provider.
  2. They assess your speaking, reading, writing and maths skills. They’ll offer training at the right level to improve your skills.
  3. You train for 10 to 25 hours a week.

What it’s like

The courses are in small, friendly groups with other people who need help with the same things. The trainers have special skills and experience in teaching adults.

If you can’t go to face to face training, you can learn at home by distance education.

How it helps you

Your training will give you more confidence when you look for work. For example, you’ll find it easier to:

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

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement

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

Who can get it

You must be in the Skills for Education and Employment program and getting:

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

How to get it

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

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

Payment rate

The supplement is $20.80 per fortnight.

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