Job Seekers

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I’m looking for work

If you are unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job.

jobactive can provide tailored help based on your assessed needs.

jobactive can also help by connecting you to a range of government initiatives, such as:

Search for a jobactive provider near you.

Anyone looking for work can use the jobactive site to find and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the Job Seeker JobSearch App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.   

Harvest work is available throughout the year when there are insufficient local workers to harvest fruit and vegetable crops. Anyone who is legally entitled to work in Australia is eligible to be placed into harvest work. Visit the Harvest Trail website to find the latest harvest information, current vacancies for a Harvest Labour Service provider. 

I’m a young person

If you’re a young person looking for work, there are a number of programs to help you.

You may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job. jobactive provides you with access to tailored help from a jobactive provider, based on your assessed needs.

If you are an early school leaver or have had difficulty entering employment after school, you may be eligible to participate in Transition to Work. Transition to Work is a service to support young people aged 15-21 who are at risk of long-term unemployment, on their journey to employment. It provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve work-readiness and help to find work.

Youth Jobs PaTH is a flexible program designed to help young people into work.

As part of Youth Jobs PaTH, you may be eligible to participate in Employability Skills Training (EST) to become job ready. Employability Skills Training can help young people aged 15 to 24.

If you are eligible, participating in EST Training Block 1 will assist you to develop vital workplace skills. These skills include presentation, communication, and teamwork and will assist you understand the expectations of employers.

EST Training Block 2 will equip you with advanced job-hunting skills, career development and the opportunity to participate in industry awareness experiences. These experiences will provide you with an insight into the tasks and duties of different roles.

If you would like to learn more or participate in EST please contact your jobactive provider or Transition to Work provider.

As part of Youth Jobs PaTH you may also be eligible to take part in a PaTH internship allowing you to undertake a work trial with a potential employer. PaTH internships are available to young people aged 17 to 24. PaTH internships allow you to gain work experience and show an employer what you can do and how you fit into their business with the potential to get a job at the end of it. Internships are unpaid, but you will receive an extra $200 a fortnight on top of your income support payment.

If you would like to learn more or participate in an internship please contact your jobactive provider or Transition to Work provider.

If you are under 30 years of age, once you get a job, your employer may be eligible for a financial incentive of up to $6,500 or $10,000 (GST Inclusive). See the wage subsidies page for more information on youth wage subsidies.

The Empowering YOUth Initiatives support new, innovative approaches to help young people 15-24 years old, who are identified as long-term unemployed or who are at risk of long-term unemployment. A range of projects delivered by not-for-profit and non-government organisations are offered right across the country to help young people overcome their barriers, improve their skills and move toward sustainable employment.

If you are thinking about starting your own business, you may be able to receive help through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). A range of support is also available through the Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Self Employment initiative. This includes the SelfStart Online Hub which provides information (including links to useful online resources and articles) to guide young people through the first stages of starting a business. ‘Exploring Being My Own Boss’ Workshops are being run by NEIS providers to provide job seekers with a taste of what is involved in self-employment. Entrepreneurship Facilitators are also available and will work in three select locations with high youth unemployment to provide practical assistance and support to encourage young people to start a business as a way to create their own job.

Practical support and guidance is also available on the Job Jumpstart website. This website has articles, tip sheets and workbooks to help you better understand your employment goals and how to achieve them. 

Anyone looking for work can use the jobs board on the jobactive website to look for and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the jobactive Job Seeker App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.

I’m a mature age person

If you are unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job. jobactive provides you with access to tailored help from a jobactive provider, based on your assessed needs. You may also be able to get help to become a self-employed business owner through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

Anyone looking for work can use jobactive to look for and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the Job Seeker JobSearch App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.   

There are programs and incentives that encourage employers to take on mature age people.

The Restart wage subsidy provides up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) in financial assistance to employers who provide jobs to a mature age job seeker (50 years of age and over). 

I have a disability

If you are a person with disability and you are looking for work, there are a number of programs that can help you.

Disability Employment Services can help job seekers with disability, injury or health condition to prepare for, find and keep a job.

JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers.

I’m an Indigenous Australian

If you’re an Indigenous Australian looking for work, there are a number of programs that can help you.

If you are unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job. jobactive provides you with access to tailored help from a jobactive provider, based on your assessed needs. You may also be able to get help to become a self-employed business owner through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

Once you get a job your employer may be eligible for the Long Term Unemployed and Indigenous Wage Subsidy of up to $6,500 (GST Inclusive). 

Anyone looking for work can use jobactive to look for and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the Job Seeker JobSearch App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.   

If you’re living in remote Australia, the Community Development Programme provides a jobs, participation and community-development service in 60 remote regions across Australia.

If you’re interested in working in the public sector, there is the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme (IAGDP). IAGDP is an entry-level employment and development program for Indigenous Australian people who are interested in working in the Australian Public Service.

Indigenous students and apprentices may also be able to get financial help from the Australian Government. This help is available from the Department of Human Services through the ABSTUDY program.

I live in remote Australia

If you’re living in remote Australia, you may be able to get help to find a job through the Community Development Programme which provides a jobs, participation and community-development service in 60 remote regions across Australia.

The program supports people to build their skills and get a job or to participate to their capacity in activities that contribute to the strength and sustainability of communities.

I want information on my local labour market and skills shortages

If you’re looking for information on your local labour market or skills shortages, the Labour Market Information Portal has been developed by Department of Employment as an easy to use online resource. It contains up-to-date labour market data to help you understand your local labour market. 

Information on occupations and their job prospects is easily accessible at Job Outlook.

I want to give confidential feedback

Use this form to provide confidential feedback to the department.