Return to Work Grants Program

About the ACT Women’s Return to Work Program

The ACT Women’s Return to Work Program is an ACT Government initiative that assists women to achieve increased financial independence by helping them prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. The program is targeted towards women who have been away from paid work for an extended time due to caring responsibilities, and who may experience significant barriers when they try to re-enter the workforce.

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Return to Work Grants

Individual grants of up to $1,000 are available for women who meet the eligibility criteria. The program is designed to provide funding for training and education, to develop job search skills and to access related resources to support women to return to work.

The grants are available to women who meet the following eligibility requirements:

Please read the Return to Work Grants Policy 2019-20 for more information.

In 2019-20, the Return to Work Grants Program will include two new components (funded through the Future Skills for Future Jobs Grant Program, under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund):

Mentoring for Return to Work Grant clients

This component will allow women who are accept to receive a $1000 Return to Work Grant to also receive one-on-one mentorship to better link them to vocational education/training opportunities and employment pathways. This component will be delivered through a Relationship Manager at UnitingCare KippaxExternal Link, who will provide mentoring support and help women in developing their workplan to inform how they spend their grant.

For futher information, please see attached flyer.

Group Workshops

SPARK Gininderry and Career Shop have partnered to provide workshops to assist women in the development of employability skills and career pathways. Workshops will be run in both North and South Canberra and will include subjects such as resume development; preparing for interviews; personal presentation and styling; time management and stress; and goal setting. Participants will also receive four hours of career development counselling, transport options and childcare services to access during the sessions.

Workshop 1 (Resumes, Cover Letters and Applying for Jobs)
Northside: Tuesday 27th August 2019
Southside: Thursday 24th October 2019
Runs from 10am–2pm

Workshop 2 (Job Interview Techniques)
Northside: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Southside: Thursday 31st October 2019
Runs from 10am–2pm

Workshop 3 (Personal Presentation, Makeup and Styling)
Northside: Tuesday 10th September 2019
Southside: Thursday 7th November 2019
Runs from 10am–2pm

To check your eligibility and book a place, please contact Ashleigh at Ginninderry on 1800 316 900 or

For futher information, please see attached flyer.

Phone: 6205 2885 (Women’s Return to Work Grants Coordinator)
Mail: The RTW Grants Coordinator
Women’s Information
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601