Applications are accepted from Victorian councils and learn to swim schools directly operating in public, private or school facilities in Victoria on behalf of prospective swim teachers (candidates).
Eligible applicants must nominate candidates who:
- are aged between 17 to 25 years
- reside in Victoria
- are currently involved in either a paid or volunteer capacity in the aquatic sector in Victoria or wanting a career in the aquatic sector.
Individuals that live in cross border cities that either work in Victoria or intend to work in Victoria will be considered on a case-by-case basis and applicants should email Sport and Recreation Victoria to explore individual scenarios.
Eligible applicants can nominate more than one candidate.
Please read the Program guidelines above for full eligibility.
The program has three funding categories:
- Category 1: Up to $325 per person towards SISSS00112 - Swimming and Water Safety Teacher
- Category 2: Up to $285 per person towards SISCAQU011 - Promote development of infants and toddlers in an aquatic environment
- Category 3: Up to $195 per person for renewal of Swimming and Water Safety Teacher.
Applicant organisations can apply for multiple candidates in each application. For example, if you want to apply for 10 candidates to undertaking Swimming and Water Safety Teacher training then you can apply for up to $3,250.
There is no limit to the amount of funding organisations can receive, provided that applications contain specific information about training course dates and scheduling.
Registered Training Organisations
Eligible applicants must apply to training that is delivered by any of the following Registered Training Organisations:
Other Registered Training Organisations will be considered on the basis they meet National Recognised Training standards and have appropriate level of insurance against child abuse. They will be required to undergo verification by the Department before applications will be considered.
For more information read the above Youth Aquatic Accreditation Program application guidelines.
Applications can be made at any time until 5pm, 31 May 2024 with assessments and notifications provided to applicants within 4 weeks of submission.
Step 1: Check your eligibility
Check the Eligibility section (section 2) of the application guidelines to identify if your organisation is eligible for funding
Step 2: Seek eligible candidates by following these steps
Seek potential candidates for the eligible courses prior to commencing an application. Candidates can be those looking to start their career in the aquatic sector or those currently employed within your organisation.
Once you have established a list of candidates, approach one of the five approved RTOs for a quote to complete the training and book a course date (course date needs to be at least 4 weeks after the application date to allow for assessment process).
Applicants then need to submit a completed online application via the Department’s Grants Portal (below).
Assessments and notifications are provided to applicants within 4 weeks of submission.
Step 3: Apply using the Department’s Grants Portal
Ensure you have all required information and documents as outlined in the Supporting Documentation section (section 4) of the Program Guidelines.
Click Start a new application to commence your application through the Department’s Grants Portal.
You will need to set-up an email login to proceed with your application.
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Program area and assistance
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Phone: 1800 325 206 for the cost of a local call (except from mobile phones)
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5 pm except public holidays.
Status: Open Closing: 31/05/2024
This program provides financial assistance to young people aged 17 to 25 years to undertake accreditation to ensure they are qualified to teach swimming and water safety. The new Program has been supported through the Victorian Budget 2022-23 to deliver the Victorian Government’s Our Promise, your future: Victoria’s youth strategy 2022-27.
The program provides young people with an entry point to allow them to pursue or continue career opportunities in the aquatic sector. It will contribute to supporting the capability of the aquatic sector to support the accreditation of more teachers.