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Support for retrenched and redundant workers - Rapid Response

The Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) provides up to $3 000 financial support for training to people who have lost their jobs because either they have been made redundant, the place they worked has closed or the employer had to let staff go.

It is important to realise that there are options available for people who are made redundant or have lost their job. The focus on this program is to support people to gain skills and support to help with this transition. Individuals can apply following the links below.

Businesses who have current vacancies and would like to register their interest in working with job ready Tasmanians looking for new opportunities can follow the links below.

1Information for retrenched workers

You could be eligible for up to $3 000 to help you get back to work as soon as possible. This includes up to $500 for employment advice.

Rapid Response (RRSI) funding can be used:

  • to pay for training/licences and assistance to improve your job prospects
  • for employment advice to explore possibilities and opportunities.

How to apply

If you’d like further information or help completing the application form, please call 1800 655 846.

Below is a list of Career / Employment Advisors who may be able to assist:

Register of Career / Employment Advisors I PDF 176KB
updated December 2019

2Information for employment advisors

Employment Advisors interested in being listed on the Rapid Response Skills Initiative need to complete an application form and return it to Skills Tasmania:

Application to be on Register of Career / Employment Advisors I Word 310KB

Register of Career / Employment Advisors I PDF 176KB
updated December 2019

Note: listing on the register does not constitute an offer of funding, nor guarantee referral.

3Information for businesses looking for workers

In the current environment, the Tasmanian Government is acutely aware of the need for businesses to keep operating as effectively as possible.

If your business needs additional staff, or has a vacancy that needs filling, the Rapid Response program may be able to assist.

Please complete the attached form and return to


Freecall: 1800 655 846

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Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) 2019 Award for Excellence in Policy (Organisation) awarded to the Rapid Response Skills Initiative, Tasmania