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Looking for work can be tricky, particularly when you don’t know where to start. While there’s a lot of great disability support resources and tools out there, you need to know where to look. 

Luckily for you, we do! So to help you on your way, we’ve rounded up some key resources and tools that cover training, tools, programs and schemes that can help you find the job you’ve always wanted. 

And, as always, if you need help working through any of this information, please get in touch with us. We’d love to help!

1. JobAccess

JobAccess is the one-stop-shop for workplace and employment information. It’s the national hub designed to help people with disability find meaningful employment. It brings a tonne of resources together in one place for people with disability, as well as employers and service providers.  

They have information on:

  • Financial support options, including the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) for workplace modifications and support 
  • Skill development opportunities, including workshops and apprenticeships 
  • Government support services, like Mobility Allowance and Work Assist 
  • Programs to help you enter or reenter the workforce, including employer programs

Amongst all the helpful information are some great stories of people with disability who have found their dream jobs – definitely worth a read. 

For more information on JobAccess visit their website or phone (toll-free) on 1800 464 800.

2. Disability Gateway

Disability Gateway is an Australian government resource that offers information and services to people with disability across a wide range of areas. In particular, they offer workplace and job training to help you learn new skills, or build on the skills and talents you already have. The goal is to help you become work ready and build up your confidence. 

In addition to job training, they can also help you with information and services for:

  • Income and financial supports
  • Aids and technology to make your day-to-day easier
  • Housing & transport support
  • Health and wellbeing services 
  • Help with daily living activities, including leisure and hobbies
  • Access to educational opportunities at all stages of life
  • Legal support to help with discrimination or legal problems

Visit Disability Gateway

3. Australian Disability Network’s Jobseeker Toolkit

The Australian Disability Network’s Jobseeker Toolkit is just as the name suggests: a toolkit with all you need when job hunting and to ensure you’re interview-ready. 

It includes:

  • Cover letter templates 
  • Interview tips 
  • Common interview questions so you can practice
  • Suggested questions for you to ask, so you can be prepared 
  • How to network on LinkedIn 
  • Tips for sharing your disability information

It can be a lot getting job-ready though, so remember our Jobedge Job Coaches are always here to help you too. 

Visit the Australian Disability Network’s Jobseeker Toolkit

4. RecruitAbility scheme

The RecruitAbility scheme is an initiative by the government to help employ more people with disability in the Australian Public Service. It aims to break down some of the barriers and make applying more accessible. 

It’s important for everyone that we continue to see more people with disability represented in all areas of the workforce, including our public service. The RecruitAbility scheme is a way to do that – it helps our public service be a more reflective representation of our community. 

How it works:

  • You declare you have a disability 
  • You apply and opt into RecruitAbility  
  • Any job vacancy advertised under ‘RecruitAbility’ offers you an opportunity to progress to the next stage in the assessment process if you meet the minimum requirements of the role.

Learn more about the RecruitAbility scheme guide applicants and visit their website

Youth Jobs PaTH Internships

Internships are one of the best ways to build your confidence and your resume before applying for a permanent position. If you’re a young person with disability looking for work, Youth Jobs PaTH Internships provide a great way to get some on-the-job skills and knowledge through valuable work experience. 

The PaTH Internships are voluntary placements of 30-50 hours per fortnight over 4-12 weeks. While it’s not guaranteed, if the internship is successful, there may be potential to continue on with the employer. 

To be eligible for a PaTH Internship you must:

  • be aged between 17 and 24 years of age
  • be on income support and have mutual obligation requirements
  • be registered in jobactive, Transition to Work or Disability Employment Services
  • have been continuously serviced in employment services for at least six months

If you’re not eligible for a PaTH Internship, but are interested in an internship, get in touch with us to discuss some other options.

For more information on PaTH Interships visit their website

Next steps 

All the above resources were created to help you, but if you’re still feeling a bit lost or unsure, why not get in touch with us! We’re here to help you find your dream job and can help you find what you need to get you on the right track. 

Simply get in touch with your local Jodedge service.  We have teams all over metropolitan Adelaide.