Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

I want a job

If you’re looking for a job or access to training, work experience or an internship to build your skills and get you job-ready, our department has a range of employment programs and services that can help you.    

Get help to find a job

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Is this for me?

  • I am on income support, or I have volunteered to participate in jobactive
  • I’d like some help to find a job

If you are a job seeker, there’s a network of jobactive providers across Australia who can tailor their services to your needs to help you find and keep a job.

Your jobactive provider can help you:

  • write a résumé
  • look for work
  • prepare for interviews
  • get skills that local employers need
  • find and keep a job.

jobactive services are generally available to anyone receiving an income support payment or who has mutual obligation requirements. Your jobactive provider will also help you develop a job plan and find work.

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Get the experience and training you need to find a job

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Is this for me?

  • I’m aged 17 to 24
  • I want to gain work experience
  • I want to show my skills to potential employers

If you’re aged 17 to 24 and looking for work experience to improve your chances of getting a job, Youth Jobs PaTH can help. You can gain the skills that employers are looking for and find opportunities to show an employer how you can fit into their business. You will also get an extra $200 per fortnight on top of your income support payment when you enter a PaTH internship.

To be eligible to participate in Youth Jobs PaTH you must be registered with an employment services provider for six months or more, be between 17 and 24 years of age and be receiving an income support payment.

Youth Jobs PaTH

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Get job ready with pre-employment training

Is this for me?

  • I’m aged 15 to 24
  • I want to develop the skills employers want

If you’re 15-24 years old and on income support, you may be eligible for Employability Skills Training. This training is designed to prepare you for employment by developing the skills that employers want.

There are different ‘blocks’ of courses available depending on your needs. Training Block 1 courses focus on improving your communication skills, teamwork, time management, problem solving and computer skills. Training Block 2 courses focus on advanced job searching skills, résumé development and interview skills.

You also have the opportunity to hear from employers and visit businesses to find out which industry is the right fit for you.

Discuss the training with your jobactive provider.

Employability Skills Training

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Under 21 and looking for extra help to find work?

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Is this for me?

  • I’m aged 15 to 21
  • I want help to become job-ready

If you’re 15 to 21 years old and need a bit of help to get your foot in the door, Transition to Work can help. Transition to Work helps you get job-ready with intensive pre-employment support and help to set and achieve your employment and education goals.

To be eligible to participate in Transition to Work you must be an Australian citizen or hold a New Zealand visa. Talk to a Transition to Work provider to find out if you can participate.

Transition to Work

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Transition to Work frequently asked questions

Get on-the-job experience to build your skills

jobactive national work experience program logo

Is this for me?

  • I’d like to build experience, skills and confidence in a particular job
  • I want to show my skills to potential employers

If you want to gain experience and confidence in a particular occupation, the National Work Experience Programme can help. With the support of your employment services provider, you’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills and demonstrate them to potential employers.

To be eligible to participate in the National Work Experience Programme you must be registered with an employment services provider, be over 17 years of age and be receiving an income support payment.

National Work Experience Programme

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Get the competitive edge in your local labour market

Career Transition Assistance (CTA) Program

Is this for me?

  • I’m 45 years of age or older
  • I want to explore a new career path
  • I want to gain new skills

If you’re 45 years of age or older and want to explore a new career path, gain new skills or find what opportunities are available in your local labour market, you might be interested in the Career Transition Assistance (CTA) Program. CTA can help you tailor your job applications to employment opportunities in your local area and assist you to find your next job opportunity.

CTA is available to people who are 45 years of age or over and registered with an employment services provider.

Career Transition Assistance

Facing retrenchment and looking at what’s next

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Is this for me?

  • The business I work for is bankrupt or being liquidated
  • I’m looking to change industries

If your industry or place of employment is closing down there is support to help you find your next job, career or training options. The What’s Next? website provides information on career options, training opportunities, help with résumés and practical tips to find a new job. If you would like specific help to take the next step there are Employment Facilitators in 13 areas – North Queensland, North/North West Tasmania, Adelaide, Geelong, Gippsland, Mandurah and Melbourne West and North West.

What’s Next?

Employment Facilitators

Support for people with a disability

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Is this for me?

  • I have a disability, injury or health condition
  • I want help to find a job

If you have a disability, injury or health condition and need assistance to find or keep a job, Disability Employment Services can help.

The JobAccess website also has comprehensive information to help you understand your rights and responsibilities, find financial support for workplace modifications and assistance to find and keep a job.

Disability Employment Services

JobAccess — for People with Disability

Explore Australia through seasonal work opportunities in horticulture

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Is this for me?

  • I’m interested in agriculture and seasonal work on farms
  • I’d like to earn up to $5,000 on top of my income support payments

The Seasonal Work Incentives Trial is available to job seekers who are interested in agriculture and seasonal work on farms. You could earn up to $5,000 on top of your income support payments. You can also search for seasonal work through the Harvest Trail site. Visit the below websites to find out if you are eligible.

Seasonal Work Incentives Trial

Harvest Labour Services

Harvest Trail

Gain skills and experience while giving back to the community

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Is this for me?

  • I’m interested in developing skills and gaining work experience

Work for the Dole allows eligible job seekers registered with a jobactive provider to develop skills that employers are looking for and gain work experience.

Work for the Dole is an approved activity that can be undertaken as an income support mutual obligation requirement.

Work for the Dole

Get the chance to train, work and get new experience through an apprenticeship

Australian Apprenticeships logo

Is this for me?

  • I want to train, study and earn an income

If you want to explore a new job, gain new skills, work flexible hours and receive a qualification at the end, then an Australian Apprenticeship could be the best way for you to start a career or build on your existing one.

You may also be able to apply for Trade Support Loans to meet everyday costs while training.

Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships Pathway

Trade Support Loans

Wage subsidies for your future employer

Is this for me?

  • I’m looking for work

There are financial incentives available to help employers hire job seekers including wage subsidies to help with the costs of wages and training.

If you’re an eligible Indigenous job seeker, a mature-age person (50 years and over) or a young person (15 to 24 years of age), your new employer could get a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 for hiring you.

If you are an eligible young person (25 to 29 years of age), a parent, or someone who has been out of work for a while, your new employer could get up to $6,500.

Talk to your provider about what your future employer is eligible to receive when they employ you.

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Wage subsidies

Support for remote areas

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Is this for me?

  • I live in remote Australia
  • I want to improve my skills to get a job

If you live in a remote area of Australia, the Community Development Program can help you improve your workplace skills and employability. The support you receive is tailored to the workforce needs of your area and helps contribute to your community.

Community Development Program

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