Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) TAS

The RRSI aims to assist individuals (including sole traders and partners in a partnership), who have lost work due to retrenchment, downsizing or business closure as a result of COVID-19, to reskill and connect to work.

Application detail:

Apply at any time.

What do you get?

Funding of up to $3000.

Who is this for?

Individuals (including sole traders) who have lost work due to COVID-19.


The grant can go towards training, including licences, to improve job prospects, and/or for careers advice to explore possibilities and help choose the best employment and training options.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • have lost casual, full-time or part-time work in the last 12 months due to retrenchment, downsizing or business closure
  • provide written evidence of job loss, redundancy or retrenchment in the form of
    • a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate clearly stating the reason for job loss
    • a notification of redundancy or job loss such as a letter/email from your employer which includes contact details for Skills Tasmania to verify your eligibility if necessary
    • if you are self-employed - that is, a sole-trader or a partner in a partnership - and can provide written evidence of business closure such as cancelled goods and services (GST) registration or Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident with a Tasmanian residential address, or if not a permanent resident, you must meet the VISA classes requirements.

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI).

Funding towards training for individuals (including sole traders) who have lost work due to COVID-19