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Support for retrenched and redundant workers - Rapid Response

The Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) provides up to $3000 towards the cost of training for people who have lost their jobs because 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 of this program is to support people to gain the skills and support needed to get a job. Individuals can apply following the link below – Information for retrenched workers.

Businesses who have current vacancies and would like to register their interest in working with job-ready Tasmanians looking for work can register on the link below – Information for businesses looking for workers.

1Information for retrenched workers

You are eligible if:

  • You have lost casual, full-time or part-time work in the last 12 months due to retrenchment, downsizing or business closure; and
  • You can provide evidence of job loss, redundancy or retrenchment in the form of Centrelink Separation Certificate, or a notification of redundancy or job loss, such as a legitimate letter or email from your employer.

If so, you may be able to immediately access up to $3000 towards the cost of training to help you get back to work as soon as possible. This includes up to $500 for employment advice.

Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) funding can be used:

  • to pay for training, including licences, to improve your job prospects;
  • for employment advice to explore possibilities and help you choose the best employment and training options for you.

How to apply

What are my training options?

Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) funding can be used:

  • to pay for training, including licences, to improve your job  prospects; and
  • for employment advice to explore possibilities and help you choose  the best employment and training options for you.

The following table provides a list of Endorsed Registered Training  Organisations who have listed the qualifications and skill sets that they are currently delivering.  Please use this list to help identify possible training options – but please contact the organisation directly to discuss  the course details, delivery method, availability and cost.

You are also able to seek approval for training from a provider that does not appear on the table above – but please note that the RRSI  application form will require you to name the provider, the qualification or  training you wish to undertake, a contact person and course costs. For information regarding your eligibility as a Visa holder please
view the visa classes eligible for Rapid Response assistance.

TasTAFE is also an endorsed provider, and their course offerings are available here. Please make contact with TasTAFE directly so that you are able to fill in the RRSI application form completely and accurately.

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

Rapid Response Skills Matching Service:

The Tasmanian Government has also established the Skills Matching Service – to help Tasmanians who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 situation to connect with employers needing staff.

If you would like to be considered for possible redeployment, click here. (Searson Buck is administering the Skills Matching Service).

A list of Career / Employment Advisors who may be able to assist you with an appropriate employment and training pathway is available here I PDF 266KB (updated May 2020).

2Information 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 Skills Matching Service may be able to assist.

The Tasmanian Government has established the Skills Matching Service -  to help Tasmanians who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 situation connect with employers needing staff.

If your business would like support recruiting new or additional staff, click HERE. (Searson Buck is administering the Skills Matching Service).

3Information 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: rapid.response@skills.tas.gov.au

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

Register of Career / Employment Advisors I PDF 266KB
updated May 2020

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

Enquiries

rapid.response@skills.tas.gov.au

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