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Rapid Response Skills Initiative

The Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) provides up to $3 000 towards the cost of training and/or career advice 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 $3 000:

  • 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
  • Careers Advice can be accessed for $500.

Eligibility and assessment criteria

  1. You must provide written evidence of job loss, redundancy or retrenchment in the form of:
    • a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate clearly stating redundancy as 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 Jobs Tasmania to verify your eligibility if necessary; or
    • if you are self-employed - that is, a sole-trader or a partner in a partnership, written evidence of business closure such as a cancelled GST registration or ABN; and
  2. You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident with a Tasmanian residential address; or
    if not a Permanent Resident, you meet the VISA classes descriptions.
  3. You must apply within twelve (12) months of ceasing employment and meet the eligibility criteria above.

How do I apply?

Applications for Rapid Response Skills Initiative can be made by submitting an online application.

The Jobs Tasmania Skills Response Unit administers the RRSI program and staff are available to provide advice or support by: