Australian Government funding available up to $2,000 to upskill in wellbeing

Australian Government funding available up to $2,000 to upskill in wellbeing

The Australian Federal government has funding available for upskilling in wellbeing, including the Nationally Recognised 10299NAT Diploma of Wellness to help Australians upskill in wellbeing and leadership.

The self-paced digital course usually costs AUS$9,950 (£5,548, US$7,681, €6,385) but now, entrants are being offered up to AUS$2,200 (£1,227, US$1,698, €1,411) discount from the Australian Government as part of its Skills and Training incentive to support upskilling to increase your capacity to perform in your current job or to transition to a new career.

To be eligible for the funding, participants must be aged 45 to 70, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and not be receiving disability or Jobactive financial assistance. Students can be employed or recently unemployed – for less than nine months.

With wellbeing skills being in demand at all levels but particularly at the management and leadership level, the outcomes of this course are applicable to individuals looking to gain work as wellbeing managers, wellness advisors and consultants in work and community environments.

The wellness and management skills learned will allow students to leverage their professional skills in the booming national and global wellness industry to fast track their management and leadership careers.

The diploma is designed both for those with no prior knowledge of wellness alongside seasoned veterans wanting to further their skills and career opportunities. There are two options available for those wanting to specialise in workplace wellbeing or spa management.

ASWA is helmed by wellness industry thought-leader CEO and founder Angela Derks, who is also the course and curriculum developer for the accredited Diploma of Wellness.

Derks has led strategic wellness initiatives and training programs for award-winning companies such as Six Senses, Soneva Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Madinat Jumeirah, Palazzo Versace, Kempinski, Westin, Qantas First Lounges, Christina O yacht, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and Aurora Spa.

As part of the qualification, Derks host 13 private mentoring sessions to support and guide each participant with their individual wellness and organisation or own business needs.

During these sessions, she taps her vast industry experience across day spas, aesthetic clinics, wellness centres and destination retreats, combined with an accredited learning framework to guide participants along their wellness and management journey.

To be awarded the qualification, participants must successfully complete assessments alongside the following units:

    • Manage stress in the workplace
    • (Learn and) Integrate wellness principles (mindfulness, resilience, movement, nutrition, purpose, values and breath) into life and workplaces
    • Interpret and use information about diet and nutrition
    • Develop and use emotional intelligence
    • Manage personal work priorities and professional development
    • Manage wellness programs
    • Communicate with influence
    • Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
    • Lead and manage team effectiveness
    • Lead and manage effective workplace relationships
    • Build and sustain an innovative work environment

“We need more than mental health first aid to safeguard the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians as we transition from COVID-19 pandemic response to recovery. We need the collective and focused efforts of all Governments, business leaders, medical and allied health professionals, community organisations and each and every one of us as part of an integrated response to recover and to thrive. When individuals collectively thrive, communities and businesses are more likely to thrive. Integrative wellbeing and healthy leadership practices enable people to proactively support their own and each other’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, which reduces demand on acute care and crisis services.

The Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA) was established in 2016 as a practical solution to strengthen capabilities in workplaces and the community. Research and best practice articles on effective wellness programs over the past 25 years reveal that the programs that tend to be the most effective have a leader. A person who not only co-ordinates and executes wellness, but also has their own healthy leadership competencies and confidence. From our 25 years of experience providing award-winning wellness solutions for businesses in various industries in Australia and globally, we recognise that securing buy-in at all levels of the organisation – from senior management to front line employees is critical for cultivating a wellness culture that is essential for effective recovery to shift from surviving into thriving mode.

I developed the 10299NAT Diploma of Wellness as the first course of its kind, offering comprehensive, practical, and accredited training in wellbeing and leadership skills including resilience, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, sustainable work practices and strategic project management in a business and community context. Our national and international diverse community of graduate Wellness Leaders are ready and willing to work with local communities and workplaces to help build and strengthen capacity and capability that will see us develop a collective safety net for all community members to adapt, grow and thrive together,” says Angela Derks.

The Diploma is available to overseas students outside of Australia, however, these participants will not but receive supplementation from the Australian Government.


For more information on your other upskilling options head over to:

Diploma of Wellness Leadership (for workplace wellbeing)

Wellbeing Skill Set

Mentoring Program

Diploma of Wellness Spa Management