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Employment Services and Programs

There are a range of Government funded services to assist and provide advice to people looking for work.

This assistance may include:

  • Preparation for work
  • Job seeking support – resumes, job applications, interviews
  • Vocational training, including work experience or placement
  • Locating job opportunities
  • Support when placed into a job
  • Support to maintain or retain employment
  • Workplace modifications
  • Co-worker and workplace training
  • Auslan interpreting
  • Assessment
  • Counseling

Job Access

JobAccess is an information and advice service funded by the Australian Government. It offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers. JobAccess is an initiative of the Australian Government to support the employment of people with disability. You can find useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists.

    Disability Employment Services

    Disability Employment Services is a network of organisations funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services  to provide specialist assistance to job seekers with disabilities, injury or health condition to find and maintain employment or self-employment. You may be able to choose to be assisted by an organisation that has particular expertise in helping people with specific needs. For example, some providers may assist people with a vision impairment, acquired brain injury or a mental health condition.

    Disability Employment Services has two parts:

    • Disability Management Service is for job seekers with disability, injury or health condition who need assistance to find a job and occasional support to keep a job.
    • Employment Support Service provides assistance to people with permanent disability and who need regular, ongoing support to keep a job.


      jobactive is an Australian Government initiative that connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a network of jobactive providers in over 1700 locations across Australia. Employers can use a local jobactive provider for tailored recruitment services, at no cost to their business and Job seekers can get help from a jobactive provider to get and keep a job.

        Self-employment training and support

        The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) provides assistance to eligible job seekers interested in starting and running a small business. NEIS can provide accredited practical small business training, business advice and mentoring for the first year of your business operating, as well as income support for up to 39 weeks.


          Entry point for all programs and services.

            Disability Employment Australia

            Peak industry body for Australia's Disability Employment Services (DES).

              USEP (University Specialist Employment Partnerships)

              University Specialist Employment Partnership is a collaborative program preparing and connecting tertiary students with disability to employment relevant to their qualifications. USEP is a partnership between selected universities and a local Disability Employment Service (DES) that delivers free on-campus employment services. These services are specifically aimed to meet the needs of graduating or graduated students with disability seeking employment.  The difference between USEP and signing up with an external DES provider for employment, is that the USEP Consultant will seek specific graduate positions and internships aligning with your studies. Through USEP, you can also access a wide range of services before you finish university study.

              Check if your university has a current partnership.

                Web-based job seeking resources

                Additionally there are a number of websites providing valuable information and resources to assist with job seeking.

                These include:


                Is a comprehensive website that includes information and advice on applying for jobs. This includes information on the job market, tips of writing resumes and cover letters, addressing selection criteria and marketing yourself to employers.

                  Graduate Careers Australia

                  Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) is an authority on graduate employment issues in Australia. They foster employment and career opportunities for graduates, in association with the higher education sector, government and business.

                  GCA produces a range of graduate-related publications and research that informs students, employers and careers practitioners about industry and salary trends, graduate employment opportunities and career development.