Government funding available for Aged Care and Nursing Training
The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program is an initiative by the Australian Government designed to encourage aged care workers to gain further qualifications to develop their career as a personal care worker, enrolled nurse or registered nurse.
Funding for the program started in 2010 and will continue for 4 years. A total of $59.9 million has been budgeted over the course of the program. The scheme provides incentive payments to eligible aged care workers for undertaking specific training programs to upgrade their qualifications.
How to Qualify
You must be working for an eligible aged care service to qualify for the incentive payments. More information about the conditions for eligibility can be found on the health.gov.au website here.
Questions about payments can be directed to the Department of Human Services and Medicare Program Aged Care Enquiries Line. They can be contacted on 1800 195 206.
Eligible Aged Care and Nursing Courses
Incentive payments are available for a range of courses:
Aged and community services courses including:
- Certificate III in Aged Care
- Certificate IV in Aged Care
- Certificate III in Home and Community Care (HACC)
- Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
- Certificate IV in Frontline Management
- Diploma of Community Services Coordination
- Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
Enrolled nursing courses including:
- Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
- Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
Registered nurse training courses:
- Undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing
Value of Training Incentive Payments
Eligible aged care candidates participating in the program can receive two payments. One payment will be made after the commencement of the course and a second after completion. The value of the incentive payment depends on the level of study. To qualify for these payments, you must have started your course on or after the 1st July 2010.
Vocational Education and Training Course
- $500 after commencement
- $500 after completion
Enrolled Nurse Training Courses
- $1000 after commencement
- $1500 after completion
Registered Nurse Training Courses
- $2000 after commencement
- $3000 after completion
Payments are only available until the allocated funding runs out.
Are there conditions on the training payments?
No. Aged care workers who qualify and receive the payments do not have to spend them on training costs. The money can be spent however the recipient chooses.
How long do I have to apply?
Applications should be made within 6 months of commencement of an eligible training program in order to receive a commencement payment. Separate forms need to be completed for commencement and completion. Commencement forms must be lodged before a completion form can be lodged.
How to apply
Application forms are available on the ACETI program fact page here.
Payment related questions can be directed to the Department of Human Services Medicare Program Aged Care Enquiries Line on 1800 195 206.
Further information regarding the Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program can be obtained by contacting My Aged Care on 1800 200 422.
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