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The Return to Work program provides one-off grants to eligible applicants to purchase approved goods and services across a variety of categories.

Each category has a dollar limit that you can apply for. The maximum amount across all the categories combined, is $5,000.

Part of the Return to Work program requires you to submit a Return to Work plan.

Use this page as a guide so you provide as much information as possible about how you intend to spend the grant.

Ensure you have an up-to-date copy of your resumé/CV, and then:

  • think about the industry you'd like to work in, and whether you want your employment to be:
    • full time
    • part time
    • casual, or
    • contract
  • save evidence of proposed/potential expenses such as:
    • screenshots
    • invoices
    • quotes
    • acceptance letters from education or training providers.
Category Examples Comments Amount

Education/Training

  • accredited training offered by an Australian RTO related to work goals, preferably an RTO based in NSW
  • pre-payment of HECS – HELP/ FEE – HELP fees (no retrospective payments allowed)
  • career coaching/professional development pathways
  • industry fees, e.g. licences, accreditation
  • mentoring for wrap-around support
  • future costs associated with a traineeship or apprenticeship, where the applicant is not guaranteed a job upon completion.

$5,000 may be used for this category. 

The grant recipient is responsible for arranging their own enrolment and payment.

Return to Work (RTW) Coordinator is to encourage identification of appropriate courses that are free or subsidised and delivered by NSW-based organisations.

 

Textbooks/Stationery

Approved items include:

  • textbooks
  • stationery
  • calculator
  • tools needed for course
  • safety/protective equipment needed for course.

Up to $500 may be used towards this category.

The grant recipient is responsible for making all purchases.

 

Professional attire

Approved attire/personal appearance items include:

  • uniforms
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • office clothes
  • worksite appropriate clothes
  • grooming costs such as a haircut.

Up to $500 may be used towards this category.

The grant recipient is responsible for making all purchases.

 

Childcare/Respite

Respite refers to payment of fees to organisations or individuals to provide short-term care for a person with disability or requiring supervision (e.g. an older person). This care may take place in the person’s home or elsewhere, e.g. a respite home operated by an independent provider.

A caring arrangement is when a person comes into the applicant’s home when they cannot be there, to ensure the safety and welfare of someone in their care.

Approved childcare/respite and/or caring arrangements:

  • registered preschool/long day care fees
  • registered family day care fees
  • registered before and after school care (OOSH) fees
  • registered respite provider fees
  • payment for informal carers.

Up to $3,500 may be used towards this category.

The grant recipient is responsible for making their own childcare and respite arrangements.

The RTW Coordinator should ensure that this funding cannot be sourced elsewhere, e.g. the NDIS, child care rebates or Home Care Package.

 

Transportation

Approved transportation items include:

  • public transport, including opal card top up
  • ride-share and taxi fees
  • car-sharing fees such as Go Get
  • car registration / insurance
  • driver's licence
  • driving lessons
  • fuel costs
  • car repairs.

Note: The purchase of a car is out of scope. Applicants should be encouraged to explore other options such as developing skills for remote working, carpooling.

Up to $500 may be used for this category.

The grant recipient is responsible for making their own transportation arrangements.

 

Technology and office equipment

Approved Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment includes:

  • laptop/PC, tablet, mobile phone
  • data plan to allow internet access
  • software
  • home office equipment (desk, chair, printer, scanner and consumables such as ink)

For trades/traineeships:

  • tools of trade acceptable.

Up to $2,000 may be used for this category.

The grant recipient is responsible for making all purchases.

Purchases are to be made from retailers with an ABN.

 

Relocation costs

Expenses involved in moving to a new region to take up a job opportunity, such as removalist fees, rental bond and personal transport.

Up to $2,500 may be used for this category.

The grant recipient is responsible for making all relocation arrangements.

Note: Relocation expenses will require proof of a job offer in another location, that would otherwise involve more than a 1-hour commute each way by public transport.

 

If you'd like more detailed information on the RTW program visit Return to Work Phase 3 – Guidelines

Last updated: 5 September 2022