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Department of State Growth

Job Ready Fund

The Job Ready Fund is now in place to support Tasmanian job-seekers gain the essential tools they need to get a job - including White Card accreditation, work boots, protective clothing or tools.

A number of growth industries in Tasmania have core requirements for new entrants that come with additional costs to the job seeker that may be a barrier to their employment. For example:

  • the building and construction sector requires a ’White Card’ to enter a work site (White Card is a mandatory short industry/work site Work Health and Safety induction course and accreditation).
  • the care services sectors (particularly disability and early childhood education and care) requires a Working with Vulnerable People registration for voluntary work, work experience or employment.
  • new or first time employees, including trainees and apprentices, require essential tools, equipment or clothing to assist with the costs of starting a new job and career.

The Job Ready Fund will support eligible individuals who don’t have the capacity to pay to address these barriers.  Eligible Tasmanians can receive up to $500 to be used to address barriers to employment to ensure that they are work-ready on day one of their new pathway and career.

The Program Guidelines are available here, and the program will be administered by the Tasmanian Government’s existing Skills Matching Service provider, Searson Buck Group Pty Ltd (Searson Buck).

A link to the Searson Buck webpage for more information and to determine eligibility and support available, is available here.