Other government programs

Other government programs - general information

Types of program options that can be considered for this type of suitable activity include:

  • pathway activities such as
    • the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program
    • the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
    • the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) for newly arrived refugees
  • the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
  • the Launch into Work program
  • the Regional Employment Trials program.

Subject to any relevant eligibility criteria, certain state/territory programs may be considered suitable for the purposes of satisfying a job seeker's mutual obligation requirements. For example, the 'Transition to Work' program administered by the NSW Government may meet the mutual obligation requirements of eligible people if they are participating in the program for the relevant number of hours each fortnight.

Job seekers identified as needing to improve their language, literacy and numeracy skills can participate in activities such as AMEP or SEE, but in most circumstances will be required to remain connected to their employment services provider and undertake some job search while participating in these programs.

Newly arrived refugees with mutual obligation requirements will be Services Australia managed prior to their referral to jobactive 12 months after arrival. During this time newly arrived refugees can fully meet their requirements by participating in the HSP, AMEP, SEE or a combination of these programs.

Job seekers participating in NEIS do not need to undertake job search while participating in this program.

Job seekers in jobactive who have an annual activity requirement

Where a job seeker is undertaking full-time study in SEE or AMEP (and this is advertised as such by the training provider) the study will meet their fortnightly annual activity requirement hours for the fortnights in which they are doing full-time study. This is regardless of the actual hours undertaken (e.g. a job seeker who has a 50 hours per fortnight annual activity requirement and undertakes 40 hours of full-time study in SEE or AMEP does not have to complete any additional hours in another activity, while they are doing this full-time study).

Refer to for more information on how study hours count towards the annual activity requirement.

Act reference: SSAct section 606 Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plans-terms, section 607 Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plans-principal carers, section 607A Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plans-people with partial capacity to work, section 607B Jobseeker Employment Pathway Plans-requirement to participate in an approved program of work, section 544B YA Employment Pathway Plans-terms, section 501 PP Employment Pathway Plans, section 501A PP Employment Pathway Plans-terms, section 731M SpB Employment Pathway Plans-terms

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020