One-off grants of up to $5000 and targeted support will be offered to women in NSW facing hurdles rejoining the workforce, under a state government program.
The $10 million Return to Work program, to be unveiled in the 2020/21 state budget on Tuesday, will provide financial assistance and targeted support including mentoring, advice and training to help women get back to work.
“I encourage women from all walks of life to apply for these grants and use this springboard to jump back into their former career or even start a new one,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Monday.
The payments can be used for transport costs, childcare, education and training, specialist clothing and equipment and other expenses.
Successful applicants will also receive support and mentoring from a Return to Work co-ordinator to develop a plan to get back into paid employment.
The grants will be available to women living in NSW who’ve been jobless for more than a month and who plan to start paid work within six months.
“There are so many costs involved in starting up again, so it is great that women looking to return to work will be able to use these grants towards things like training and education, office supplies, or whatever it is they need to get back into a job,” NSW minister for women Bronnie Taylor said.
Women interested in the program can express their interest on the Service NSW website.