Return To Work

About the ACT Women’s Return to Work Grants Program

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The ACT Women’s Return to Work Grants Program is an ACT Government initiative, which provides women returning to the paid workforce with assistance in reaching this goal. The Program is funded through the ACT Office for Women, Community Services Directorate.

Women who have been out of the paid workforce due to care responsibilities for an extended period may experience some barriers when attempting to re-enter employment such as lack of skills/qualifications/experience, the cost of education/training, self esteem issues, age or difficulties accessing affordable child care.

Individual grants of up to $1,000 are available for women on low incomes who have been absent from the workforce for 12 months or more due to care responsibilities, to assist in achieving increased financial independence through training or education that increases employability.

Women from the following groups are particularly encouraged to apply:

Return to Work Workshop series

The SPARK Ginninderry Training and Employment Return to Work Worskhop Series initiative is part of the Return to Work Program funded by the ACT Office for Women. The Workshops are delivered in partnership with the ACT Career Shop. It is open to women who live within the Canberra region to assist them to build self-esteem and build the skills and confidence to return to work.

The SPARK initiative demonstrates the government’s commitment to ensuring women and girls in the ACT are supported to participate in all aspects of society, including the workforce.

It aligns with the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-26. The Plan articulates the government’s commitment to removing barriers to enable women and girls to reach their potential, contribute to innovation and ideas and to take up leadership positions.

The SPARK initiative consists of a series of free workshops and a four hour individual planning session designed to provide women with practical skills and techniques that will assist them in securing employment.
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Women’s Information
Phone: 6205 2885 (Women’s Return to Work Grants Coordinator)
Fax: 6205 1077

Address mail to:

The RTW Grants Coordinator
Women’s Information
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601