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Skills Tasmania

Infection Control Training Fund

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have entered into a partnership to support the delivery of infection control training at no (or low) cost to customer-facing workers. In Tasmania, the Fund will be managed by Skills Tasmania.

1About the Infection Control Training Fund

Round 1 of the Infection Control Training Fund will provide funding for the following skill sets to employees of the retail, food handling and transport and logistics sectors:

  • HLTSS00065 Infection Control Skill Set (Retail)
  • HLTSS00066 Infection Control Skill Set (Food Handling)
  • HLTSS00067 Infection Control Skill Set (Transport and Logistics)

Applications for Round 1 will be accepted from 25 July until the program closes at 2pm on 17 August 2020.

The grant conditions for Round 1 are:

  1. Skills Tasmania will pay a total of $300 per skill set/per place to successful applicants for learners who complete the skill set. This will be paid when the RTO reports AVETMISS activity data and may be subject to a requirement to provide evidence of training for individuals.
  2. All approved training must be delivered within 4 months of the date of approval.

The Fund aims to provide an equitable spread of grants across industries and regions.

2Fund objectives

The objectives of the Fund are to provide training places in infection control skill sets to:

  • support businesses to reopen and continue to operate safely following the COVID-19 health and economic crisis
  • reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19
  • support consumer confidence that it is safe to re-engage and continue to engage with businesses.

3Eligibility for the fund

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be:

  1. a Skills Tasmania endorsed registered training organisation (RTO)
  2. scoped for the skill set/s for which they are applying, including showing Tasmania as a site.

What are the Fund grant eligibility criteria?

  1. The skill set/s for which training is provided must relate directly to the type of business whose staff are receiving training.
  2. Learners must be currently employed and may include casual employees and those on JobKeeper payments.
  3. Learners who have completed HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures within the previous 5 years whose training was funded by Skills Tasmania are eligible for funding.
  4. Employees of the Australian, Tasmanian and local governments are not eligible for funding.

Round 2 will be released in November 2020 and will focus on infection control skill sets for employees of a broader range of industries.

5Applying for the Infection Control Training Fund

All applicants should read the Applicant Guide to the Infection Control Training Fund before completing an application.

To be eligible to be assessed, applicants must:

  1. meet the applicant eligibility criteria
  2. address the assessment criteria:
    • Criterion 1- Number of places and capacity to deliver training in the required timeframe
    • Criterion 2 - Provision of a training and assessment strategy for each skill set
  3. attach a completed 'Number of learners per region per skill set' spreadsheet
  4. apply for training places for one or more of the following skill sets only:
    • HLTSS00065 Infection Control Skill Set (Retail)
    • HLTSS00066 Infection Control Skill Set (Food Handling)
    • HLTSS00067 Infection Control Skill Set (Transport and Logistics)
  5. complete the RTO declaration in the application.

Applications must be submitted via the SmartyGrants online grants system.

The application can be found here.

Criterion 1 requires the applicant to complete and attach a ‘Number of learners per region per skill set’ template with the response to Criterion 1.

SmartyGrants will send an automatic acknowledgement to the applicant when the application has been lodged successfully. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, this means your application has not been received by Skills Tasmania.

Questions about SmartyGrants can be answered via the online Help Guide, or on SmartyGrants’ Applicant FAQ page. If this does not answer your questions, e-mail service@smartygrants.com.au or call 03 9320 6888. (Support Desk hours are 9 am – 5 pm (AEST), Monday through Friday).

All applications must be submitted prior to the closing time of 2pm, 17 August 2020.

Need more information?

Contact Deb Wilcox, Fund Manager, on 03 6165 6060 or deb.wilcox@skills.tas.gov.au