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Aged care training: do you qualify for government funding?

Demand for aged care training in Australia is booming. Recent announcements from the Federal Government approved $833m of new aged care placements following the 2014 ACAR (Aged Care Approvals Round), underlining the huge growth in residential aged care across the country so people can stay in their homes longer.  In terms of opportunities, there has simply never been a better time to choose a career in aged care.

If you’re tempted to become a part of this flourishing industry, it is wise to choose a government recognised aged care training course that gives you a nationally recognised qualification. At Sage,  we offer our aged care students a fantastic start to their new careers with a Certificate IV in Ageing Support backed up by a minimum 120 hours of practical experience at an aged care facility.

Because Sage is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may also be eligible for State or Federal Government funding, which could save you a lot of money.

Government funding: key eligibility criteria
The process of applying for government funding for your aged care training is relatively straightforward. To qualify for this funding you must meet certain criteria. However, because everyone is different with an individual history and set of circumstances, it’s best to talk to a Sage Career Advisor personally (call now on 1300 993 993). The following two issues are the most important:

  • You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or be an Australian permanent resident. (You’ll need adequate proof of ID to show this).
  • The course must be your first qualification.

 

Getting started with funding
There are different ways to go about receiving financial assistance for your course. Rest assured that you don’t have to work all of this out yourself, our expert staff will take care of everything for you. All you need to do is come in, sit down and have a chat with one of our expert Career Advisors and we’ll take care of the rest. If you fit the criteria, the whole process happens very quickly – so you can start your training in no time at all.

Common questions about government funding
Many people interested in studying aged care at Sage ask similar questions, so we thought we would address some of the more common ones below.

Do I have to be studying full-time to receive financial assistance?
No, you don’t have to study full time. You can study your Certificate IV aged care course full time during the day or part-time in the evenings and at weekends at our campuses in Melbourne and Geelong. As long as you meet the criteria, both study options are valid for government funding.

I have a valid concession card. Does that help me?
Yes, if you have a concession entitlement you may be eligible to receive some additional assistance. Just remember to discuss this when you come in and see one of our friendly Career Advisors.

sage aged care training government fundedIs there an age limit?
More good news: there is no age limit when it comes to government funding for aged care training. This is great for people who are keen to re-train in a different area, or are returning to the workforce after a long break.

I’ve already completed a degree. Can I still receive government funding?
Unfortunately, no. If you’ve already completed a tertiary qualification or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in Australia, you are not able to receive funding for your training course. You are still able to study with us, however, and may wish to consider one of our flexible payment plans. You can discuss this with one of our Career Advisors, face-to-face or over the phone.

Call Sage Institute of Aged Care now on 1300 993 993 and find out if you are eligible for State and Federal Government funding. Your new career is just a phone call away.

Sage Institute of Aged Care – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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