Funding boost to drive jobactive support

A funding boost will make it easier for job seekers to get the driver training they need.

Under changes announced by the Federal Government, the cap on expenditure for each participant doing driving training has grown from $1100 to $8800 (GST inclusive).

The change, made in response to feedback from providers, will help eligible job seekers to earn their provisional driver’s license.

In addition, providers can also support job seekers with other travel costs such as public transport and fuel.

License requirements are different in each state and territory, but the change will particularly benefit younger job seekers and those in regional areas.

“A critical part of succeeding at an interview or at a new job is being able to travel to and from work easily— which is why I have directed this change to ensure job seekers are able to more easily travel safely to training, interviews or to start a new job or apprenticeship,” said Stuart Robert, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business.

“As we continue to suppress the virus, getting as many Australians into work as possible is critical to securing our economic recovery, and helping job seekers get a driver’s licence will increase their independence and mobility as well as boosting their prospects for getting into work.”

Participants can ask about the change by calling 132 848 or using our webchat service.

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