The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. 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
  • Workforce Australia - Self-Employment Assistance
  • 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 employment services and undertake some job search while participating in these programs. 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 the equivalent points requirement for a full-time study load regardless of the actual hours undertaken.

Newly arrived refugees with mutual obligation requirements will be Services Australia managed prior to their referral to Workforce Australia 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 Self-Employment Assistance do not need to undertake job search while participating in certain components of the program, such as the first 8 weeks of Small Business Training and Small Business Coaching.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 40F Employment pathway plan matters

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