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WorkReady brings together government subsidised training, employment and skills initiatives and investment.

WorkReady will commence from 1 July 2015 and will ensure that Government investment in training, employment and skills is targeting the areas of greatest strategic need to industry and a transforming economy.

It aims to ensure the public investment in training is aligned to strategic industry sectors and growth areas such as agriculture and fishing, resources and construction, electrical and electronic engineering, childcare and aged care.

It has been designed to improve training completion rates and employment by supporting a skilled and capable workforce to fill current and emerging jobs in priority areas.


What does WorkReady offer?

WorkReady has been designed so that students, jobseekers, employers, industry, the training sectors and government have the flexibility to respond to changing social, geographic and economic circumstances and opportunities.

It will help ensure people are in the best position to successfully complete their training course or employment project and move into higher level qualifications and/or a job.

People will receive an upfront assessment of their learning needs using a foundation skills assessment tool. This will help identify language, literacy and numeracy issues that could affect their success and address these straight away.

Based on the assessment and individual preferences, people will be able to access training, employment and skills development options from three streams of WorkReady activity:

  • Preparatory – includes foundation language, literacy and numeracy skills courses, prevocational courses and Adult Community Education (ACE) courses
  • Industry entry level – includes courses designed for direct entry into a job, traineeship or apprenticeship; and employment projects developed with employers at the local and regional level for jobseekers who have barriers to employment
  • Upskilling – higher level courses usually undertaken by people already in a job to improve their skills or to reskill. This stream will include a selection of priority courses identified through industry consultation that are imperative to meeting the government’s economic and strategic objectives.


Fees under WorkReady

Students will continue to pay course fees under WorkReady. Fees represent a contribution to the total cost of the course and are in addition to the subsidy that the government pays to a training provider to deliver a course. Any fee is set by training providers, not the government.

Foundation skill courses and language, literacy and numeracy bridging units drawn from the new Foundation Skills Training Package will continue to be fully subsidised and accessible to individuals who are assessed to need them. Concessions will continue to be available for those who are eligible. See what financial support is available.


Am I eligible to participate in WorkReady?

WorkReady provides people with opportunities to study nationally accredited courses, and participate in local employment projects, depending on their previous education and current employment status.

You may be eligible for a government subsidised training place if you either live or work in South Australia, and you are:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • the holder of a state sponsored visa on a pathway to permanent residency.

You also need to be one of the following:

  • aged 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • aged 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • undertaking training through a Training Contract as an apprentice or trainee in identified courses.

Job seekers who need some specific skills and support before participating fully in the labour market can access employment projects in their local area designed to lead to a job outcome. Level of prior education and registration with an employment services provider contracted by the Australian Government will determine the level of training and service offering under WorkReady.


More information on WorkReady can be found at their website FAQs or contact them at:

Department of State Development
Level 4, 11 Waymouth Street Adelaide South Australia 5000
Infoline 1800 506 266