Training options for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
There will be new arrangements concerning eligibility and fees for asylum seekers and refugees under Smart and Skilled.
Humanitarian visa holder listed on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Refu/Offs/Refugee-and-humanitarian-visas and www.border.gov.au/Trav/Refu/Onsh are currently eligible under Smart and Skilled.
Eligibility under the humanitarian visa category will be extended to individuals who hold a bridging visa, temporary humanitarian stay visa or temporary humanitarian concern visa commencing training on or after January 2017. An Eligibility waiver will apply to these individuals.
(Note: Individuals must also meet all other Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria. That is, be aged 15 years or older, have finished school and live to work in New South Wales to be eligible for Smart and Skilled.)
Fees for qualifications up to and including Certificate IV level on the NSW Skills List will be waived for all humanitarian visa holders who meet the eligibility criteria and are commencing training on or after January 2017. At Ready Health Nursing College these courses include CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) (Disability) (Home and Community Care) and CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support.
How to Enrol
Contact Ready Health Nursing College on (02) 9687 8801 or Email us at [email protected]
Student information is available on the Smart and Skilled website, for more information Click Here
My name is Siavash Jalali. I came to Australia about 4 years ago. I was a new migrant with no English, no family and no one. I was confused where to start. I went to TAFE to do some English course. I finished and needed a job. I saw many opportunities of nurses and wanted to become a nurse. Google search for nursing colleges directed me to ready health nursing college. I wanted a course that was short enough but structured well too.
I did my Certificate III in Aged Care but repeated it in order to gain English skills and better understanding. This Course gave me a good way to understand every skill that I really needed when I was in the ward. I learnt more from the role plays explanations and group discussions, that I would have not learnt online or by myself. The college is Centrelink approved and job find helped me pay for my fees.Many of my colleagues found job immediately. I was surprised because everywhere the workplace asks for experiences but all of students were confident. I got an agency job. What a challenge because my English was still improving. I had to find my way around where ever they send me. I was only Cert III and I was in the country under 6 months. I got a job and good compliments which encouraged me to do Cert IV in Aged Care (including doing my medication), Practicals twice for confidence.
My college supported me a lot. I completed the Cert III and gained employment at the hospital full time. I commenced the RN degree without difficulty and now I am entering the third year while holding down my nursing work part-time. I have told many people about Ready Health Nursing College giving me such a start in my career.
I hope this testimonial help other refugees and non-English speaking students, new migrants and very caring people who wish to become great nurses.
I came to Australia as a refugee from Srilanka and completed my HSC in 2015. In 2016, I attended Ready Health Nursing College and completed my Certificate III in Aged Care.
In 2017, I was accepted into the University of Newcastle to do Bsc Nursing. The support Ready Health Nursing College gave me included: Home visits, Family support, advocacy, transport and social integration. Without these help which went way beyond what a college does, I would not have come this far.
My parents and sisters know Vijia, as she visits home and continues to support us. Other members of out refugee community will now benefit this ongoing support both in Australia and in Srilanka. Their compassion goes beyond me, my family, my community and extends to the orphanage that they sponsor in Srilanka.
I write this in the hope that others will follow my path and get this support that I had. Thank you Ready Health Nursing College.