Fleeing domestic violence can be the most challenging decision anyone can make.
Fleeing domestic violence can be the most challenging decision anyone can make. Contributed

Free education for domestic violence victims

SURVIVORS of domestic and family violence and their dependents in Coffs Harbour will be eligible for fee-free vocational training, in a measure designed to help people across NSW gain financial independence and stability. 

The program will start from July 1 and is an extension of the fee-free scholarship scheme made possible through the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled vocational training policy.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said fleeing domestic violence can be the most challenging decision anyone makes and this program will encourage survivors of domestic and family violence and their eligible dependents to gain skills to get a job and gain their independence.

“The NSW Government is committed to preventing domestic violence and improving its response and support for survivors,” Mr Fraser said.

“Training and education is a great way to support our most vulnerable to help them get back on their feet and into the workforce, and I encourage those eligible in the community to apply for this program.

“Fee-free scholarships provide training in qualifications up to and including Certificate IV under Smart and Skilled including courses those qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships.”

Minister for Skills John Barilaro says Smart and Skilled is designed to help people to get the skills they need to find a job or advance their career.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals are giving those who are most vulnerable in our community the best chance to access the skills and services they need to rebuild their lives,” Mr Barilaro said.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said these scholarships would help improve employment opportunities for survivors of domestic violence, so they could take back control.

“Having a stable and fulfilling job is a crucial step in gaining financial independence, which is important for people who have left a violent relationship,” Ms Goward said.

To be eligible, individuals provide a letter of recommendation from a domestic and family violence service or agency such as Legal Aid NSW, organisations who provide Integrated Domestic Family Violence Service, organisations who provide Staying Home Leaving Violence services, organisations who deliver Specialist Homelessness Services and Domestic Violence NSW.

For more information visit smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au.



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