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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 28B

Approved training courses for training supplement

             (1)  The Secretary may approve a training course for training supplement for a person if:

                     (a)  subsection (2) applies in relation to the person; and

                     (b)  subsection (3) applies in relation to the course; and

                     (c)  the Secretary is satisfied that the person will meet the requirements set out in paragraph (4)(a) or (b).

             (2)  This subsection applies in relation to the person if:

                     (a)  the person has not completed the final year of secondary school or an equivalent level of education; or

                     (b)  the person:

                              (i)  has been awarded a VET qualification accredited at Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level in the Australian Qualifications Framework; and

                             (ii)  is not studying for, and has not been awarded, a qualification accredited at diploma level or higher in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

             (3)  This subsection applies in relation to the course if:

                     (a)  the course lasts not more than 12 months; and

                     (b)  the course:

                              (i)  is accredited at Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level in the Australian Qualifications Framework; or

                             (ii)  in the Secretary's opinion, is equivalent to a course accredited at any of those levels; and

                     (c)  in a case where paragraph (2)(b) applies in relation to the person, the course:

                              (i)  leads to a qualification that, in the Australian Qualifications Framework, is directly related to, and at a higher level than, the person's VET qualification; or

                             (ii)  would, in the Secretary's opinion, enhance the person's prospects of employment by allowing the person to acquire skills in a trade or field other than the trade or field covered by the person's VET qualification.

             (4)  The requirements referred to in paragraph (1)(c) are that:

                     (a)  the person will be a full-time student in respect of the course within the meaning given by section 569C; or

                     (b)  if the person has a partial capacity to work or is the principal carer of at least one child--the person will undertake a number of hours of study per week in respect of the course as is reasonable in the person's circumstances.

             (5)  In this section:

"Australian Qualifications Framework" has the meaning given by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 .



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