There are many supports available to help students find and keep a job.
Disability Employment Services are located across Australia and specialise in finding employment for people with disability.
These agencies provide a range of services and can be accessed through Centrelink. Services include:
- helping to prepare for work, including training in specific job skills
- job search support, such as resume development, training in interview skills, and help with looking for suitable jobs
- support when initially placed in a job, including on-the-job training
- ongoing support on the job if needed
- the purchase of vocational training and other employment-related assistance
- access to support services, and Auslan interpreting in the workplace.
These agencies work together with employers and employees to locate and shape jobs to fit the interests, skills and abilities of the person with disability. They can also work with the employer and co-workers to develop awareness and identify workplace modifications.
Centrelink can help students register with a Disability Employment Service or provide them with further information about employment assistance. The Australian Government also provides JobAccess which offers help and workplace solutions to people with disability looking for work. Australian Disability Enterprises provide a wide range of supported employment opportunities for people with disability who are able to work at least 8 hours per week.
They are located across Australia and employ people with disability and other diverse support needs. Work opportunities may be available in a variety of industries, including:
- screen printing
- garden maintenance and landscaping
- cleaning, laundry and food services.
You can contact an Australian Disability Enterprise directly to discuss available job opportunities.