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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 eligible people who have lost casual, full-time or part-time work in the last 12 months due to retrenchment, downsizing or business closure.

This includes self-employed people (sole-traders or partners in a partnership) who have closed their business.

RRSI funding can be accessed by an eligible applicant or their spouse up to a total of $3000:

  • to pay for training, including licences, to improve job prospects, and/or for careers advice to explore possibilities and help choose the best employment and training options.

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

Accessing the Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) will depend on your eligibility as described below, and outlined in the RRSI Guidelines HERE.

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 written evidence of job loss, redundancy or retrenchment in the form of
    • a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate clearly stating the reason for job loss, or,
    • a notification of redundancy or job loss such as a letter/email from your employer which includes contact details for Skills Tasmania to verify your eligibility if necessary; or
    • if you are self-employed - that is, a sole-trader or a partner in a partnership - and can provide written evidence of business closure such as cancelled GST registration or ABN; and
  • you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident with a Tasmanian residential address; or
  • if not a Permanent Resident, you meet the VISA classes described by accessing the link HERE.

If eligible, you may be able to 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 Careers Advice.

RRSI funding can be can be accessed by an eligible applicant or their spouse up to a total of $3000:

* 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:

* read the RRSI program Guidelines HEREthe guidelines contain all the relevant information relating to eligibility, careers advice and training options and also contains the link to the application form.

For further information, please email rapid.response@skills.tas.gov.au

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 175KB (updated 21 September 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