All about Work Ready funding

About WorkReady

WorkReady is a South Australian government initiative that brings together funding for training, employment and skills activities. According to the Government of South Australia, “building a skilled, capable and work-ready workforce able to fill current and emerging job opportunities will be the hallmark of WorkReady’s success.” 
WorkReady is about targeting training and employment opportunities to the needs of people, strategic industries and regions. 

The information on this page has been derived from the Government of South Australia’s Work Ready portal:

Key elements of WorkReady

Alignment to Industry Needs

To make sure South Australia is a place where people and businesses thrive, public investment will be aligned with strategic industry needs, and employers will be involved in developing tailored solutions. This will ensure that training and employment initiatives respond to employment opportunities and the need for specific skills wherever they occur across the state.  

Sharing the Cost

Building a globally competitive high skill economy should be a responsibility shared between government, industry, employers and individuals. We all play a critical role in developing the skills that support economic growth and transformation. Co-investment will be a central plank of the WorkReady reforms. Employers, employment service providers and/ or students will be expected to contribute to the cost of a course. Training providers will continue to offer concessions to eligible students.

AITT Courses that may be available under WorkReady

The following courses may be available for WorkReady funding subject to availability of spots and eligibility to enrol.

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30113 ($350 or $210 with concession)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50113 ($500 or $300 with concession)


Individuals need to meet course entry requirements and verify their eligibility for enrolment before being enrolled in a government subsidised training place.

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, or
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • the holder of an eligible visa (see Temporary visa types elibigible for government subsidised training below).

You also need to be one of the following:

  • aged 16 years or over and not enrolled in a 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.

Eligible individuals may be able to access:

  • one foundation skills course (if you are assessed to need it)
  • up to five bridging units at every qualification level (if assessed to need them)
  • unlimited priority courses.

Check the Skills & Employment SA website for more information regarding eligibility

For a list of subsidised training courses available through WorkReady, see:

Based on your training and employment level you may also have access to:


 Highest accredited non-school qualification at first enrolment Access to a total of
No qualification or an unemployed job seeker who is registered with an Employment Service Provider

One Cert II course

Two courses from Cert III to Advanced Diploma level

Qualification up to Cert III level Two courses from Cert III to Advanced Diploma level
Completed a Cert III or above (including university qualifications) One course from Cert III to Advanced Diploma level


You can only be enrolled in two subsidised courses at a time. Specific projects and initiatives subsidised through WorkReady may stipulate additional criteria and conditions which will apply in addition to those outlined above.

While AITT provides you with all necessary support to complete your training through Work Ready, AITT cannot guarantee successful completion.

AITT cannot guarantee employment outcomes following successful completion of a Work Ready training program.

Previously completed training through WorkReady

You may have already studied courses through WorkReady. If you have completed courses from 1 October 2015 onwards, your entitlement to access government-subsidised training may be affected.

If you’d like more information, call the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266.

Highest level of qualification

This refers to the highest level of qualification you have obtained in Australia. This may include:

  • Vocational qualifications such as Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level courses

  • Higher education qualifications such as bachelor degrees or above, or

  • School qualifications such as the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Temporary visa types eligible for government subsidised training

In addition to all permanent residency visa holders, the following visa holders are eligible:

  • Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 475)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 487)
  • Skilled Independent – Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 495)
  • Business Owner (Provisional) Visa (subclass 160)
  • Senior Executive (Provisional) Visa (subclass 161)
  • Investor (Provisional) Visa (subclass 162)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) Visa, (subclass 163)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) Visa, (subclass 164)
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) Visa, (subclass 165)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) Visa (subclass 188)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) (subclass 790)
  • Bridging Visa E (BE) (subclass 050 and 051)
  • Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) (subclass 785)
  • Bridging Visa F (BVF) (subclass 060)

 If you are unsure whether your visa category is permanent or temporary you can type your visa subclass number into the site search area of the immigration website and find out.

To check any work or study entitlement conditions attached to your visa, visit the Australian Government’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online service

Foundation skills

Before you start training, you may need to gain some basic skills. This may include improvement in reading, writing or numeracy skills. If assessed to need them, eligible individuals will be able to access foundation skills courses through WorkReady.

See foundation skill courses on the Subsidised Training List (STL).

Bridging units

To help you successfully complete your qualification, you may need to undertake additional learning. Bridging units, including vocational, literacy and numeracy units of competency, can equip you with these necessary basic skills. If assessed to need them, eligible individuals can undertake up to five bridging units through WorkReady.


Some subsidised training courses are only available to certain participants and we describe these as Conditions.

Conditions explained:

This course is available while at secondary school

You must be enrolled in school and undertaking vocational education and training within your South Australian Certificate of Education program as part of the Training Guarantee for SACE Students program to enrol in this course. Read more about training for school students. 

This course is available if you need help with reading, writing and maths

If your pre-enrolment assessment identifies skills gaps you may enrol in this course. Contact your training provider. All WorkReady participants receive an upfront assessment of their learning and support needs using a foundation skills assessment tool. Based on the assessment and individual preferences you can access subsidised training and foundation skills courses or bridging skills if you need them.

This course is available under a traineeship or apprenticeship

An apprentice or trainee with an approved Training Contract including School-based Training Contracts may enrol in this course.

This course may have additional conditions

Eligibility for courses may vary, please contact your training provider for more information. You must be aged 17 years or over and not enrolled in secondary school.

If the course you want to study is not currently subsidised check again later. Funding periods generally run for six months and are announced and communicated via the Subsidised Training List (STL).

The government subsidised training place available to you will depend on what approved Training Providers are offering. You will need to meet the entry requirements of any course.

Search for courses, qualifications and Training Providers at Find a training course.

To find out more about training costs see How much does training cost.

If it looks as if you do not meet the eligibility criteria, or you’d like more information, call the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266.

Persons under the Guardianship of the Minister

South Australians of any age who have been, or are under the Guardianship of the responsible Minister (GOM) are eligible for an exemption from Student Course Fees for courses delivered by Training Providers through WorkReady. The normal government subsidised training eligibility rules apply.

Call the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266 for an application form.

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