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The new Skill Up from Home program has been announced by NSW Government. It is designed to assist businesses impacted by the current NSW public health orders, to have access to a range of free short online courses. Employers and staff can gain new skills while in lock down. Courses include units in management, infection control, hospitality (RSA, RGS and Hygiene), retail customer service, retail trade, business administration, financial accounts, introductory business skills, food handling and safety, cyber security, and manage disrespectful, aggressive or abusive customers.
Click here for more information on eligibility, course start dates and the 45 courses available.

The Australian Fair Work Ombudsman has provided an update on their website with information on sudden lockdowns; pay and leave; quarantine and isolation, and COVID-19 vaccines and the workplace. Click here for more information.

Rent Relief - NSW Government announced greater protection and financial support for commercial tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19. A new $40million Hardship Fund has been established for small commercial or retail landlords who provide rental waivers. The National Cabinet’s Mandatory Code of Conduct for Commercial Leasing mandating rent relief is also being re-introduced. For more information on grants and financial assistance including rent relief for commercial tenants, visit Service NSW.

July 2021 Edition - This bulletin provides updates on SkillsIQ training packages, NSW and Commonwealth government assistance, the new Careers NSW service, NCVER Apprenticeship and Traineeships data and more….

June 2021 Edition - Updates on SkillsIQ training packages, Training Services funded VET programs, the NSW Skills List, skills reform, careers and the new live web-based Market Comparison Tool available by clicking here, designed to help vocational education and training consumers choose a training provider or course.

The NSW JobTrainer / Skilling for Recovery program announced last year is well underway with $318 million to support 100,000 fee free or low fee training places available for full and part qualifications to boost economic recovery across 20 industries. Regional Skills Brokers have been assisting with the development of targeted projects to retrain or upskill staff or train job seekers and school leavers to meet local workforce needs.

The Smart and Skilled NSW Skills List has recently been reviewed to ensure that the listed qualifications are still current and in demand. The updated Smart and Skilled NSW Skills List v12.1 is effective from 1 July 2021 and the Skilling for Recovery Priority Part Qualifications v4.0 list effective from 18 June 2021 is also available through the links provided.