Last Chance! Government Funding for Aged Care Training

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Update: The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACTEI) programme has been extended!

The new deadline to commence training is the 30th June 2015. Learn more here.


The final deadline to take advantage of the Australian Government’s Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) Programme is here. To get Government funding payments, you must commence an eligible training course by 30th June 2015.

Who is Eligible?

To get funding, you must:

• Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
• Be employed providing direct care in, and by, an eligible aged care service (full time, part time or casual basis).
• Have a commitment to working in the Australian aged care sector.
• Commence an eligible course between 1st July 2010 and 30th June 2014. This means the official start date must be before 30th June 2015, not the date of enrolment.

Which Courses are Eligible?

Inspire Education offers two eligible vocational training courses:

• CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care
• CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care

There are other eligible vocational & nursing courses listed on the ACETI program page.

Which Aged Care Services are Eligible?

You must be employed in an aged care role in any of the following services:

• Commonwealth funded residential aged care services;
• Commonwealth funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flexible aged care services;
• Commonwealth funded Home Care Packages;

o Home Care Level 1
o Home Care Level 2 – formerly Community Aged Care Packages (CACP)
o Home Care Level 3
o Home Care Level 4 – formerly Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH-D) packages.

How Much Will You Be Paid?

Vocational Training Courses

You will receive up to $1000 total for studying an eligible vocational course:

• $500 after commencement of the course
• $500 after successful completion of the course

Enrolled Nursing & Registered Nursing Courses are also eligible for payments up to $5000 total (see official ACETI page).

Are There Conditions for How Money is Spent?

No. These payments are provided as financial assistance for aged care workers who are undergoing training. You do not need to use payments to pay training costs. It is your choice how you spend your incentive payments.

I’ve Already Started Training, Can I Still Claim Payments?

You have up to 6 months after commencement to make a claim for a commencement payment.

How to Apply

Please visit the official ACETI Programme page for application forms and more information about government funding.

Enrol in a Course

Please visit course pages to learn more about our eligible training courses:

• CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care
CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care

Enrol directly in a course through our Online Shop (click link).


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  • hema gurung says:

    HI Dear,
    this is hema. Actually I’m interested to do certificate lll aged care course but I just want to know where this course will happen and also are you doing placement or not plz let me know
    Thank you

    • William Cowie William Cowie says:

      Hi Hema,

      The Certificate III in Aged Care is studied online at your own pace. There is a vocational placement in the course. You’ll need to contact a registered Australian aged care facility and find one that will take you in to complete your vocational placement. Once you’ve found an aged care facility, let us know and our vocational placement coordinator will be in touch with them to make sure you have everything you need to do the placement.

      Please give us a call on 1800 506 509 and we can discuss it with you more.



  • Bidhya says:

    Dear sir/madam,
    This is Bidhya Shrestha.I am registered nurse of Nepal.Currently I am studying in Curtin College leading to bachelor of nursing.I would like to do training about certificate III in aged care for that what can I do?
    How much fees I have to Pay and how long does it take to complete the course?Actually in a weeks how many hours I have to read?And How many units I have to read?If I have to complete this course can I get an opportunities to do work or not?Thank you so much for your response.

    • William Cowie William Cowie says:

      Hi Bidhya,

      – We offer Certificate III in Aged Care training Australia wide, through online learning.
      – You have 12 months to complete your course, but you can study faster and complete the course sooner.
      – The course is expected to take around 520 hours to complete, which is about 10 hours a week of study over 12 months.
      – There are 14 units in the course covering a range of topics.
      – You will need to do a vocational placement (work placement) in a registered Australian aged care facility as part of your course.
      – The Certificate III in Aged Care is very popular with employers and we’ve had a lot more people choosing to study this course in order to advance their aged care career, but is not mandatory to work in aged care. Please take a look at advertised aged care jobs to get an idea of what skills and qualifications employers are seeking.
      – The Certificate III in Aged Care is normally $1490, but is on sale for $1190 until the 31st of July.

      You can find more information about the course here or simply call 1800 506 509 to talk to an enrolment coordinator and work out the best option for you!

      You can also enrol directly through our online shop.

      Thanks Bidhya, please let us know how we can help you.

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