Tailored Assistance employment grants fact sheet

Indigenous AffairsGrants and FundingTailored Assistance Employment Grants
Monday, April 18, 2016
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

Tailored Assistance Employment grants are available to provide funding support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, as well as assisting Indigenous school students to transition from education into sustainable employment.

What are Tailored Assistance Employment Grants?

Tailored Assistance Employment grants are available to provide funding support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, as well as assisting Indigenous school students to transition from education into sustainable employment.

Types of activities that may be funded include:

  • support for employers to engage and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers into ongoing jobs, including post placement support
  • support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander job seekers to address barriers to recruitment and improve retention in the workplace
  • support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school students to gain work exposure through School Based Apprenticeship/Traineeship activities
  • support to assist school students to transition from education into sustainable employment
  • innovative projects that complement other mainstream, Commonwealth and State/Territory programmes and services.

What are the Expected Outcomes for Tailored Assistance Employment grants?

Activities should deliver outcomes that will:

  • Increase in employment and participation rates for Indigenous Australians.
  • Increase the number of Indigenous Australians participating in activities and work experience that build work-readiness and contribute to community.
  • Increase the number of Indigenous Australians who reach 26 week and/or longer outcomes in employment.

What types of Tailored Assistance Employment grants are likely to be supported?

Funding for Tailored Assistance Employment grants may be prioritised for funding where employment and training related activities target:

  • unemployed job seekers (focus is to be on jobactive Stream B and C job seekers or Disability Employment Services)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people not in the labour market
  • youth and students at risk of disengaging when leaving school
  • lead to certified and transferrable qualifications
  • the needs of employers.

Applicants seeking Tailored Assistance Employment grants must demonstrate that funding will go directly to delivering employment outcomes (jobs), and must identify the demand for the jobs in the organisation, region and/or industry.

Payments for employment projects will be based on the achievement of individual milestones for job seekers. The amount paid for milestones will be negotiated with the PM&C Regional Office, detailed in the Employment Grant Schedule and weighted to the achievement of 13 and 26 weeks in employment.

How do I apply?

Organisations can apply for Tailored Assistance Employment grant funding at any time.

Potential applicants should discuss proposals with the local PM&C Regional Network office or national office if it’s a national proposal in the early stages of development and before preparing an application. 

It is important to note that an initial discussion with PM&C Regional Network office about a proposal is not considered an application for funding.  Applications must be submitted using the process outlined on the Department’s website.  All applications are assessed in accordance with defined processes and  checked for compliance.

For more information

Refer to our information on Tailored Assistance Employment grants, as well as other funding opportunities.

All enquiries relating to applications for this grant funding should be directed to our Regional Office Network on 1800 079 098.

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