Transition to Work

Transition to Work is an employment service to support young people aged 15-24 on their journey to employment. The service provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve the work-readiness of young people and help them into work (including apprenticeships and traineeships) or education.

To find your local Transition to Work provider visit the Find a Provider page on the jobactive website or view the list of successful Transition to Work service providers.

Information for young people

In Transition to Work young people can get intensive pre-employment support to help them set and achieve their employment and education goals.

What services can young people access?

Transition to Work is focused on building a young person’s skills, confidence and readiness to enter employment. To achieve this Transition to Work providers will help young people:

  • develop practical skills to get a job
  • connect with education or training
  • find and complete work experience placements
  • find job opportunities in the local area
  • connect with relevant local community services.

Transition to Work providers have experience working with disengaged and disadvantaged young people and have strong links with employers, community services and schools in their local community.

Who is eligible?

Transition to Work is designed to help young people who are early school leavers or those who have had difficulty entering employment after school. To participate in Transition to Work a young person must be:

  • Aged 15-24, and
  • an Australian citizen, or
  • the holder of a permanent visa, or
  • New Zealand Special Category Visa, or
  • Nominated Visa (including Temporary Protection Visa or Safe Haven Visa).

Eligibility will also depend on a young person’s circumstances, including whether the young person:

  • has been awarded a Year 12 certificate or Certificate III
  • has been employed within the last six months
  • receives an income support payment such as Youth Allowance
  • is currently participating in another employment service including jobactive.

To find out if you are eligible to participate in Transition to Work you should talk to a provider in your area. You can find your local Transition to Work provider on the Find a Provider page on the jobactive website.

Information for employers

Transition to Work providers deliver high quality services to employers to ensure young people meet their needs and are supported to settle into a job. Services include:

  • pre-employment skills for participants that is directly relevant to the needs of local employers and the local labour market
  • work experience placements for eligible participants to assess a young person’s suitability for a job
  • negotiating Youth Bonus wage subsidies of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) with employers who offer young job seekers ongoing employment
  • post placement support to ensure a young person settles into a job and the employer’s expectations are being met.

Contact your local Transition to Work provider to access these services or lodge a vacancy. To find your local Transition to Work provider visit the Find a Provider page on the jobactive website.

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The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Transition to Work.

Transition to Work a success for young Aussies and employers

News | 13 July 2020

For three Transition to Work participants, Daniel, Ethan and Caramon, guidance from their Transition to Work providers helped set them on a course to new careers.

Youth employment program working on the Gold Coast

News | 3 December 2018

Kaileb McKenzie is at the start of an exciting new career as a chef, following his participation in a successful Transition to Work program on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Graduates gain Certificate II in Civil Construction

News | 22 March 2017

Mikala’s story — Take action, don’t let fear hold you back

News | 8 March 2017

Ghulam’s impossible mission accomplished

News | 8 March 2017

Final round of successful Transition to Work service providers announced

News | 3 March 2016

Second round of successful Transition to Work service providers announced

News | 17 February 2016

A further 19 organisations have been announced under the second round of the Government’s Transition to Work service, to help young people move into work or continue their education.

First successful Transition to Work service providers announced

News | 29 January 2016

The Australian Government has announced the first successful Transition to Work service providers to help more early school leavers become work ready and find work.