2.8.3.50 JETCCFA Activity Limits for Labour Market Programs (LMPs) & Government Funded Rehabilitation

Introduction

This topic explains the JETCCFA activity approval limit for LMPs and government funded rehabilitation.

Approval limit

For LMPs (1.1.L.10) such as government funded rehabilitation (1.1.G.13) and government funded work experience activities (e.g. Work for the Dole, Green Army) JETCCFA can be granted for up to 26 weeks depending on the activity undertaken.

For participation in LMP Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) JETCCFA can be granted for between 26 weeks and 2 years. Where the activity is being undertaken part-time the part-time equivalent JETCCFA may be granted.

For participation in activities as part of the ParentsNext project, JETCCFA can be granted for up to 26 weeks. Some examples include:

  • paid work,
  • unpaid work,
  • setting up a business,
  • job search, study or training (where the study provisions have not been met), or
  • undertaking activities such as financial management or time management workshops.

New activities

Where a person has completed a particular LMP or personal support activity they are eligible for further JETCCFA funding without the need for an intervening activity.

Note: For ParentsNext participants, once a parent has received their initial 26 weeks for a LMP (ParentsNext), JETCCFA is not available for a further LMP (ParentsNext) activity. This is regardless of whether a parent undertakes an intervening activity. Participants, however, can be assessed under other JETCCFA activity types, such as study and training, job search or employment, depending on the activity they are doing.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

NEIS is a component of jobactive, administered by the Department of Employment. NEIS helps eligible unemployed people to start and run a new, viable small business. NEIS provides successful applicants with accredited small business training, advice and mentoring.

During the training participants will develop a business plan. Upon completion of the course (normally 6 to 8 weeks), a participant's business plan is assessed by their NEIS provider.

If the plan is approved, participants will receive business advice and mentoring support during the first year of business operation. If the participant is already on an eligible income support allowance, they may also be eligible to receive a NEIS allowance for up to 52 weeks.

For JETCCFA purposes the NEIS training component may be funded as a study activity (2.8.3.40). If following the training component the parent commences self-employment, the self-employment may be funded as a work activity. No intervening activity is required in these circumstances.

Where the parent elects to receive a NEIS allowance the parent should be treated as being in a LMP and JETCCFA may be payable for the duration of any NEIS allowance. No intervening activity is required in these circumstances.

Note: Where the parent's income support payment is cancelled, due to their NEIS payments or for some other reason, JETCCFA should also be cancelled.

Skills for Education & Employment (SEE)

A parent may be eligible for JETCCFA funding until the total SEE training (on a full-time basis) exceeds 24 months (104 weeks). Once a parent has received their 24 months JETCCFA for SEE training, JETCCFA is not available for a further SEE activity. This is regardless of whether the parent undertakes an intervening activity.

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.I.120 Intervening activity (JETCCFA), 1.1.J.30 JETCCFA activities, 1.1.J.50 JETCCFA activity limits, 1.1.G.13 Government funded rehabilitation (JETCCFA), 2.8.1.10 JETCCFA Eligibility Criteria - Overview, 1.1.I.50 Income support payment

SS Guide 1.1.L.10 Labour market programs (NSA, YA), 3.2.9.60 Suitable Activity - Work for the Dole, 1.1.N.50 New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

ParentsNext

ParentsNext projects operate in 10 local government areas to help parents of young children to plan and prepare for employment. ParentsNext builds on the Helping Young Parents and Supporting Jobless Families trials which operated in the same 10 locations.

A parent may be eligible for JETCCFA funding for up to 26 weeks for a LMP (ParentsNext) activity while participating in the ParentsNext project. They can also be assessed at any time under the other JETCCFA activity types, such as study & training, employment or job search, depending on the JETCCFA eligible activity they are doing.

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.1.P.57 ParentsNext, 3.5.1.167 ParentsNext Summary & Participation Requirements (PP), 1.1.P.71 Participation plan (ParentsNext)

Last reviewed: 15 August 2016