Are you eligible for home and community, nursing or aged care courses funding?
It’s called the Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) program. The Department of Health and Ageing is running the program. Funding started in 2010 and will be continuing over four years.
In total, $59.9 million has been budgeted over the four year course of the program. It is providing incentive payments to eligible aged care workers for undertaking specified training programs to upgrade their qualifications, further building their careers in the aged care industry.
You need to be working for an eligible aged care service to qualify for payments. More information about payments can be found here on the health.gov.au website.
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.
The aged care training program is available for eligible aged care courses:
- 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
- Enrolled nursing
- Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
Aged Care, Home Care and Nursing Training Course Payments
Payments are split between the commencement and completion of a program.
For Vocational Training and Education Courses (including Aged Care Course, HACC, Frontline Management etc)
Participants are receiving $500 after commencing theprogram and $500 after successfully completing the course.
Enrolled Nurse Training Programs
Participants are receiving $1000 after commencing study in their program and another $1500 after successfully completing their course and registering as an Enrolled Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Registered Nurse Training Programs
Participants are receiving $2000 after commencing the course and a further $3000 after completing the program and registering as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Funding for aged care, nursing and HACC courses
To be eligible for incentive payments you must have commenced training in your course on or after the 1st July 2010.
Payments are also contingent on the availability of funds for the program. Once funding is exhausted, the Department may defer payments or not continue making payments at it’s own discretion.
For more information on how to access payments visit www.health.gov.au and read their Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program article and Aged Care Workforce Vocational Education and Training article