220.127.116.11 Suitable activity - placement in other Commonwealth or state government labour market or appropriate training or skills development programs, including Skills for Education & Employment & NEIS
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), and
- the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) for newly arrived refugees
- the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
- the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial (for further details see 18.104.22.168), and
- 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 young people with a disability if they are participating in the program for the relevant number of hours each fortnight.
Mutual obligation requirements
Depending on a job seeker's circumstances, these programs are suitable activities for the purposes of satisfying some or all of a job seeker's mutual obligation requirements (including their annual activity requirement, where relevant).
Job seekers identified as needing to improve their language, literacy and numeracy skills can participate in activities such as AMEP or SEE, however 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 referred to a suitable activity, however they will not be required to be connected to a jobactive provider until 12 months after their arrival in Australia, although they can participate voluntarily in jobactive at any time prior to this and receive full jobactive services relative to their level of disadvantage. Refugees who are eligible to be referred to Transition to Work, DES and ParentsNext are not impacted and will continue to be referred to those services. Newly arrived refugees with mutual obligation requirements will be DHS 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.
Total hours & duration for participation in these types of activities
The hours and duration for participation in these types of activities will vary depending on the job seeker's mutual obligation requirements (including their annual activity requirement, where relevant) and the particulars of the 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 22.214.171.124 for more information on how study hours count towards the annual activity requirement.
Satisfactory participation in these activities will depend on the rules of the selected program.
Act reference: SSAct section 606 Newstart Employment Pathway Plan-terms, section 607 Newstart Employment Pathway Plans-principal carers, section 607A Newstart Employment Pathway Plans-people with partial capacity to work, section 607B Newstart Employment Pathway Plan-requirement to participate in an approved program of work, section 544B YA Employment Pathway Plan-terms