Stronger and Resilient Communities (SARC) Activity - Inclusive Communities Grants

The Australian Government is inviting applications in an open process to apply to deliver services under the Families and Communities Program – Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) Activity – Inclusive Communities Grants from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024.

These Grants aim to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people to participate socially and economically through local community-driven solutions that build self-reliance and empowerment. The Grants will focus on supporting people of working age (15-64 years) in geographic areas of high socio-economic disadvantage across all states and territories. This includes addressing barriers to participating in community activities, reducing social isolation, developing soft skills and promoting social and economic participation through funding projects that support:

  • the development of young people aged 12-18 who are, or are at risk of, disengagement, marginalisation and having limited engagement with education/training. 
  • people with disabilities and/or mental health issues to participate in their community, and become/remain independent and engaged.
  • vulnerable women who are, or at risk of, isolation or discrimination to participate in their community and increase their sense of self agency and empowerment.
  • people who are unemployed to address individual barriers to employment and increase their capacity to engage with existing employment/training services and/or work towards gaining employment.

Click HERE for further details.

Farm Household Allowance Program

The Farm Household Allowance Program provides farming families experiencing financial hardship with assistance through planning and training for long-term financial improvements as well as income support for up to 4 years.

The support available includes:

  • a fortnightly payment for up to 4 years in each specific 10-year period
  • supplementary allowances such as rent assistance, telephone and pharmaceutical allowances and a Health Care Card
  • individual case support with a Farm Household Case Officer (FHCO)
  • a financial assessment of the farm enterprise worth up to $1500
  • up to $10,000 in activity supplements that gives farmers an opportunity to develop skills, access training and pay for professional advice to better manage their business into the future

Additionally, there are one-off relief payments if the 4-year period ends before 1 July 2020. This payment is $7500 for a single farmer or $6500 for each member of a couple.

The amount of FHA payable depends on your individual circumstances.

Click HERE for further details. 

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides employers with incentives to employ an apprentice.

These measures include:

  • a range of financial incentives to Australian employers to offer apprenticeship opportunities
  • a living away from home allowance (LAFHA) to apprentices who need to move away from their parent's home to take up or retain an Australian apprenticeship.

The incentive payments are based on a skill shortages list of trades as well as a set of high priority occupations.

Click HERE for further details.

Minding Your Business (TAS)

The Minding Your Business program provides free mental health training and support for small Tasmanian businesses and their employees.

This program has been designed to be flexible to meet the varying needs of Tasmanian small businesses.

Current courses on offer include:

  • Accidental Counsellor: Learn how to apply the principles of recognise, respond and refer. These skills can be used by you to support your staff, by employees to support their colleagues, and where appropriate, by owners and employees to support their customers.

  • Crisis Communication Skills: Learn how to respond to people in distress, de-escalate a crisis, and identify the risk of burnout and vicarious trauma.
  • Mental Health First Aid: Learn how to assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem, or mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Outreach support services such as mental health mentoring, coaching and/or counselling are also available, by request, to small businesses.

Find out more about this program at Minding Your Business.