Time to Work Employment Service

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The Time to Work Employment Service is a national voluntary in-prison employment service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Time to Work Employment Service will assist adult, sentenced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners to access the support they need to better prepare them to find employment and reintegrate into the community upon their release from prison.

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (formerly the Department of Jobs and Small Business) has contracted providers to deliver the service in 70 non-remote prisons while the servicing of 10 remote prisons is managed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Services have commenced in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. Services in Western Australia and the Northern Territory are expected to commence shortly.

What services are available?

As part of the service, participants will receive:

  • a comprehensive assessment of their employment barriers
  • assistance to develop a detailed transition plan, and
  • a facilitated transfer from their in-prison service provider to their post-release employment service provider.

Who is eligible?

To participate in the Time to Work Employment Service, a prisoner must be:

  • a self-identifying Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • over 18 years of age, and
  • sentenced and within three-to-four months of their release from prison.

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