Non-government programs approved for Annual Activity Requirement purposes

The Government has expanded the list of activities that a job seeker in jobactive can undertake to meet their mutual obligation requirements, in particular their Annual Activity Requirement (AAR). The AAR is a specific number of hours most job seekers must do in an approved activity for six months each year.

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Work-focused non-government programs which have been approved as suitable for AAR purposes will be referred to as an approved non-government program and job seekers will be able to count their program participation hours in a non-government program towards their total requirement. You can find more information about mutual obligation requirements and the AAR under the fact sheet page of this website.

Who can deliver a non-government program?

Community and private enterprise organisations that have work-focused programs with demonstrated outcomes or a high likelihood of getting job seekers into jobs can apply to the department for approval of their program.

What does this mean for my non-government organisation?

jobactive providers will be able to refer job seekers to your program to fulfil their AAR. They may also refer job seekers at other stages of jobactive.

While your non-government program is approved the participation hours of the job seekers in your program can contribute to their AAR.

What does my organisation need to demonstrate to obtain approval for my program?

Once an application has been received, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment will assess the application on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria. The program must:

  • have a demonstrated ability to, or high likelihood of, moving job seekers into sustainable work during the program or upon completion;
  • comprise more than just the delivery of a training course, and any incorporated training must be vocational (preferably accredited) or directed at increasing job seeker employability;
  • not duplicate the services jobactive providers are contracted to deliver under jobactive; and
  • not be undertaken by a jobactive provider or a related entity of the jobactive provider.

The department may contact your organisation if more information is needed and will notify you of the outcome once the assessment is complete.  Where a program has been approved, the department will inform local jobactive providers in the relevant Employment Region/s.

Will jobactive providers be required to refer job seekers to approved non-government programs?

jobactive providers are not required to refer job seekers to approved non-government programs but may do so where they consider the program is suitable and the job seeker will benefit from participating in the program. If there are costs involved with the program, jobactive providers must ensure the program represents value for money and meets Departmental guidelines. 

Any community or private enterprise organisation considering setting up a new program and applying for AAR status may like to discuss their proposed ideas with jobactive providers in the relevant region.

If my program gets approved what does that mean?

jobactive providers are able to consider approved non-government programs when considering the most suitable activity for ajob seeker. Job seekers will be able to participate in a non‑government  program at any time during servicing and when in the six month Work for the Dole Phase, participation will count towards a job seeker’s Annual Activity Requirement.

If my program doesn’t get approved what does that mean?

If your program is not approved as suitable for Annual Activity Requirement purposes, a jobactive provider may still be able to refer job seekers at any stage while they are with jobactive. However, their participation in the activity will not count towards meeting their Annual Activity Requirement.

How can my organisation apply?

You can download the Application Form for non-government programs approved for AAR purposes.

Want more information?

  • Call the Job Seeker Hotline on 1800 805 260
  • Speak with your local jobactive provider.

Where should the completed application be sent?

Each completed application must be forwarded to the mailbox for assessment.