Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Programme

The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) programme provides incentive payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake specified education and training programs.

Page last updated: 01 July 2014

Important: The ACETI programme has been extended for twelve months until 30 June 2015.

Overview:

In the 2010-11 Budget the Australian Government provided $59.9 million over four years for a national incentive programme to provide payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake further studies to enhance their career as a personal care worker, an enrolled nurse or a registered nurse.

In the 2014-15 Budget, the ACETI programme was extended for twelve months until 30 June 2015.

The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive (ACETI) Programme provides incentive payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake specified education and training programmes to upgrade qualifications and build their career in aged care.

This program builds on current workplace training programmes that support people working in the aged care sector.

The Department of Human Services delivers the ACETI programme through funding from the Department of Social Services.

Payment related questions should be directed to the Department of Human Services Medicare Program Aged Care Enquiries Line on 1800 195 206 (option 3).

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible to receive an incentive payment, aged care workers must meet all the following criteria:
    • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
    • Be employed on a full time, part time or casual basis providing direct care in and by an eligible aged care service:
        • at the commencement of training (in order to receive the commencement payment);
        • at the successful completion of training and during training (in order to receive the completion payment).
    • Have a commitment to working in the aged care sector; and
If applying for a commencement payment, aged care workers must commence an eligible training course between 1 January 2014 and 30 June 2015.

If applying for a completion payment, application forms must reach the Department of Human Services by 30 June 2015.

Note: Payments are contingent on the availability of funds.

What is an eligible service?

An eligible aged care service includes any of the following:
  • Commonwealth funded residential aged care services;
  • Commonwealth funded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flexible aged care services;
  • Commonwealth funded Home Care Packages*;
    • Home Care Level 1
    • Home Care Level 2 - formerly Community Aged Care Packages (CACP)
    • Home Care Level 3
    • Home Care Level 4 - formerly Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH) and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACH-D) packages.
*Note from 1 August 2013, CACP, EACH and EACH-D packages have been replaced by a new Home Care Packages programme.

Under current arrangements, Home and Community Care (HACC) services are not eligible for incentive payments under the ACETI programme.

Eligible courses:

Vocational Education and Training courses

Previous Course CodeNew Course CodeName of Course
CHC30208CHC30212Certificate III in Aged Care
CHC30308CHC30312Certificate III in Home and Community Care
CHC40108UnchangedCertificate IV in Aged Care
CHC40208CHC40212Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
CHC40608UnchangedCertificate IV in Leisure and Health
BSB40807BSB40812Certificate IV in Frontline Management
CHC52208CHC52212Diploma of Community Services Coordination
Enrolled Nurse Training courses
Previous Course CodeNew Course CodeName of Course
HLT51607HLT51612Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
HLT43407UnchangedCertificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)
Registered Nurse Training courses
Course CodeName of Course
BNUndergraduate Bachelor of Nursing
*Note: Other Registered Nurse training courses may be considered eligible if registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is obtained on completion.

How much will be paid?

Eligible aged care workers who successfully complete a course may receive two incentive payments - a commencement payment and a completion payment.

Incentive payments are dependent on the level of study. Applicants undertaking eligible:

Vocational Education and Training courses

May receive $500 after commencement of the course and $500 on successful completion of the course.

Enrolled Nurse Training courses

May receive $1,000 after commencement of the course and $1,500 on successful completion of the course and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as an Enrolled Nurse; and

Registered Nurse Training courses

May receive $2,000 after commencement of the course and $3,000 on successful completion of the course and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse.

Payments are contingent on the availability of funds. The Department may at its discretion, defer or not make a payment once funding has been exhausted.

Please refer to Class Ruling CR 2011/69 for more information on the taxation implications of receiving one of these payments.

Do these payments have to be used for a specific purpose?

No. The incentive payments are provided by the Commonwealth as financial assistance to aged care workers. Aged care workers do not have to spend incentive payments on training costs. It is entirely their choice on how to spend the incentive payments.

How long do I have to apply?

Applications must be lodged with the Department of Human Services by 30 June 2015.

How to apply

Application forms are available to download. There are two application forms, one for the commencement payment and one for the completion payment. If an aged care worker believes they are eligible to receive the incentive payments, they should download, print and complete the application forms, and return them to the address on the form. Aged care workers must lodge a commencement form before lodging a completion form.

Please refer to the ACETI Information for Applicants below for additional information regarding eligibility, course information and application requirements.

Payment related questions can be directed to the Department of Human Services Medicare Program Aged Care Enquiries Line on 1800 195 206 (option 3).

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