The Returning to Earning program is a Victorian State Government initiative which provides support to parents to return to work after an absence caring for children. Grants of up to $1000 are available which can be used to cover any costs associated with approved training, such as books and materials, course fees, transport and childcare.
To be eligible Victorian parents must have been absent from education, accredited training and the workforce for over two years while caring for children, currently unemployed and have not worked for more than four months full time, or equivalent part-time, in the last two years.
If you don’t live in Victorian, why not contact your local member of parliament to make this type of grant available nationally.
For further details and eligibility criteria visit: www.parentsreturntowork.net.au or phone 1 300 303 413.
For further information about using a Returning to Earning grant at Box Hill Institute’s contact Kerry Barrett, coordinator - Employment Services (03) 9286 9761.