The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program helps eligible job seekers learn the skills they need to get the job they want by improving their language, reading, writing and maths skills. 

The program provides up to 650 hours of training and is delivered across Australia, from metropolitan and regional areas, right through to remote communities. 

It caters to various groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, youth, people with disabilities, mature aged people, and job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

2021-22 Federal Budget

The Australian Government will provide an additional $20.6 million for the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program in the 2021-22 Budget to support access and improve outcomes for participants.  

The changes to the SEE program will:  

  • Uncap funded places  
  • Expand eligibility to all registered job seekers 
  • Allow participants to complete an accredited qualification related to or incorporating language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills up to Certificate level III  
  • Provide project funding to accelerate inclusion of digital literacy skills training, trial innovative delivery practices to improve access and obtain better program outcomes and deliver more flexible training models for job seekers in remote Australia.


How the SEE program can help

The SEE program can help participants by providing:

  • overall improvement in language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • improved confidence and ability to engage in the community
  • increased confidence to undertake further study
  • new or improved vocational skills for further study or employment
  • pathways to more stable, appropriate, long-term employment 
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Referral to the SEE program

Eligible job seekers are referred to the program by Services Australia and Employment Service Providers including:

All participant learning outcomes are reported against the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

SEE clients may also be eligible for the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement of $20.80 per fortnight. 

SEE Referral

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a referral to the SEE program you must be:

  • aged between 15 years and the Age Pension age and,
  • a job seeker registered with Services Australia and eligible for services under an Employment Services Provider and,
  • deemed suitable for training without any barriers that would prevent successful participation and,
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or having working rights

Job seekers must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • in receipt of an eligible income support payment or,
  • aged 15-21 years irrespective of whether you are in receipt of income support or,
  • a migrant serving the newly arrived residents waiting period (NARWP) for income support

You will not be eligible if you are:

SEE who is eligible

How is the program is delivered

The SEE program is delivered by a national network of providers.

Training is delivered flexibly through full-time or part-time hours, via face-to-face, remote or distance training. Language, literacy and numeracy training is also delivered in the context of many vocational courses e.g Aged Care, Hospitality or Business.

SEE providers around Australia include community organisations and public training providers including:

  • technical colleges
  • private providers
  • universities
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