Student groups and eligibility requirements

Student groups and eligibility requirements

The following information explains the student groups that the Participation program supports, and details the eligibility requirements for each one.

A list of available courses is also provided for each student group. A list of referral agents is available below, under 'Contracted provider resources'. 

People with disability

Students with disability may be eligible for support to help access training. This may include:

  • mentoring and counselling;
  • assistance with language and literacy;
  • provision of meals;
  • assistance with transport and child care; and
  • special equipment or facilities.

To be eligible, students must have evidence from Centrelink for being in receipt of a disability support pension or sickness allowance, or have a referral from a participation referral agent for people with disability.

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Unemployed young people aged 15–24 years (Youth at Risk)

Students aged 15 to 24 and are unemployed or under employed may be eligible for support to help access training. This may include:

  • mentoring and counselling;
  • assistance with language and literacy;
  • assistance with meals; and
  • assistance with transport and child care.

To be eligible, the student must be aged 15 to 24, not engaged in education or full time employment or training and have referral from a Youth at Risk participation referral agent. For school aged students, only those with an Exemption or full time Notice of Arrangements are eligible.

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Unemployed job seekers, Newstart or Youth Allowance card holders

Students who hold a Newstart or Youth Allowance card and are unemployed may be eligible for support to help access training. This may include:

  • mentoring and counselling;
  • assistance with language and literacy;
  • provision of meals;
  • assistance with transport and child care; and
  • help with resumé writing and job placement.

To access this support, students are asked to contact the training provider listed for the course they’re interested in, to contact their local Job Active provider or talk to a participation referral agent who can provide a referral.

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Aboriginal people

Aboriginal people may be eligible for support to help access training. This may include:

  • mentoring and counselling;
  • assistance with language and literacy;
  • provision of meals; and
  • assistance with transport and child care.

To be eligible the student must be an Aboriginal person, as recognised by:

  • descent, that is the individual can prove that a parent is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • self-identification, that is the individual identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; or
  • community recognition, that is the individual is accepted as such by the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community in which he/she lives.

The student may also be eligible if he or she has referral from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander participation referral agent. 

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Culturally and linguistically diverse people

Persons from a CaLD background* may be eligible for support to help access training. This may include:

  • mentoring and counselling;
  • assistance with language and literacy;
  • provision of meals;
  • assistance with transport and child care; and
  • assistance with translation and language.

To be eligible, the person must be born overseas** and hold the following documentation that may include but is not limited to:

  • a humanitarian visa;
  • other documentation showing they originated from a country defined as CaLD such as a passport, travel documents or a birth certificate; or
  • a referral from a participation referral agent for CaLD people.

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*Refers to groups and individuals who differ according to religion, race, language and ethnicity except those whose ancestry is Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Celtic, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
**The CaLD definition excludes those born in the following countries; Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, the United States and Wales.

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Page last updated March 26, 2018