Employment

Employment

JobAccess

What is it?

JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers. Within this hub is many different subsidies and schemes that are available to disabled persons. There are also services of support for employers who may be subsidised for providing jobs for people with disabilities and making appropriate, necessary workplace modifications.

JobAccess can help you search for:

For more information visit: www.jobaccess.gov.au

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Disability Employment Services

What is it?

The service offers support for people with disabilities seeking employment through Disability Employment Services (DES) providers.

DES providers help people with disabilities look for, find and keep a job. Disability Employment Services providers are a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that are experienced in supporting job seekers with disability and experienced helping businesses to put in place practices that support the employee in the workplace.

Your DES provider will also determine whether you are eligible for work-based personal assistance.

Where can you find more information?

View more information at: www.employment.gov.au/disability-employment-services

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Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)

What is it?

The EAF gives financial help to people with disabilities and mental health conditions, as well as employers, to buy work related modifications and services. The EAF is available to people with disabilities who are about to start a job or who are currently working. It is also available to people with disabilities who are self-employed, and jobseekers who require special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

EAF can organise a free Workplace Modification Assessment to work out what modifications will best meet your needs and help you to do your job. The assessor will recommend any equipment or modifications from the assessment and liaise with you and your employer to find and access solutions to make your workplace more flexible and accessible. An assessment is necessary if they require financial assistance is over $1 000.

Note that you may be able to have modifications funded by an NDIS plan, in which case EAF is not applicable.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible if:

  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and
  • You are currently in a job that is expected to continue for 13 weeks or more, and
  • You are working at least 8 hours per week, or 20 hours per week if you are self-employed, and
  • You have an ongoing disability that has lasted, or will last, at least 2 years. Your disability must limit, restrict or impair your ability to work.

How do you apply?

Apply or view more information at JobAccess: www.jobaccess.gov.au/employment-assistance-fund-eaf

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JobActive

What is it?

JobActive is the recruitment service designed specifically to find employment for people who are required to look for work to meet the mutual obligations and requirements of their income support payment.

If you are eligible for JobActive you will be assigned a JobActive provider who will help you create a Job Plan. This plan may be to refer you to local employers or simply to provide training and support until you are ready to take up and keep a job

To help job seekers get and keep a job, JobActive providers can access a pool of funds that can pay for work-related items, professional services, relevant training and support after they start work.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible if you get an income support payment and have mutual obligation requirements.

To determine eligibility contact the Department of Human Services, who will also refer you to a JobActive provider if applicable.

Where can you find more information?

View more information at Job Access, or the Department of Education or at the JobActive website:

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Supported Wage System

What is it?

The SWS increases employment opportunities for people with disabilities through giving employers the opportunity to pay productivity-based wages to people with disabilities where they are not able to perform jobs at the same capacity as any other employee. The agreement will be reached after an SWS assessment from a qualified assessor.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible if:

  • The job under consideration is covered by an industrial instrument or legislative provision which permits employment for productivity wages under the SWS, and
  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent citizen, and
  • You are at least 15 years old, and
  • You do not have an outstanding workers compensation claim against the employer, and
  • The job under consideration is for a minimum of 8 hours per week, and
  • You meet the impairment criteria for receiving the Disability Support Pension.

How do you find more information?

View more information at JobAccess: www.jobaccess.gov.au/supported-wage-system-sws

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PaTH Internships

What is it?

Short placements in the workplace that give young people an opportunity to demonstrate skills to a potential employer, develop vocational skills and improve employment prospects.

PaTH Internships are voluntary, and run for 30-50 hours per fortnight over four-12 weeks. Interns do not receive payment from the employer during this time, but can continue to receive their normal income support payment and are also paid an additional fortnightly incentive payment of $200.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible if:

How do you apply?

Apply or view more information at: www.jobsearch.gov.au/path/jobseekers/internships

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Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE)

What is it?

An ADE is a not-for-profit organisation that provides meaningful employment for people with significant disability who would not otherwise be able to work.

Where can you find more information?

Information on ADE’s can be provided by Centrelink, or you can find a list of ADE’s at the national ADE website: www.ade.org.au

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National Disability Recruitment Coordination

What is it?

A program to assist people with disabilities access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through Disability Coordination Officers (NDCO’s). NDCO’s establish local networks and work collaboratively with education professions, employers and community to identify system barriers to employment faced by individuals with disabilities.

The National Disability Recruitment Co-ordinator of Western Australia is EDGE Employment Solutions, who aim to match employers seeking for workers with job seekers. EDGE arranges any workplace modifications that the employee requires and provides on-the-job support until the employee meets the company’s expectations. EDGE continues to provide support to the employee, co-workers and management for as long as is required. EDGE also provides programs for school students, university students, and apprentices including one-day per week supported work placement in industry.

Where can you find more information?

For more information see:

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New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

What is it?

A scheme for job seekers who are interested in running a small business.

NEIS is a part of JobActive, and is delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners through business mentoring and support.

If you are currently in receipt of an income support payment and you become part of NEIS, you may be eligible for a fortnightly NEIS allowance.

Where can you find more information?

To access NEIS, you can directly approach a NEIS provider or talk to your Disability Employment Services provider.

View more information at: www.employment.gov.au/self-employment-new-enterprise-incentive-scheme-neis

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Disabled Australian Apprenticeship Wage Support (DAAWS)

What is it?

The Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support program is a payment that assists employers of eligible Australian Apprentices with disabilities.

The assistance is intended to help disabled apprentices to reach their full potential as skilled workers.

The wage support is available to employers who employ an apprentice who becomes disabled during their traineeship.

Tutorial and mentor services are available to Australian apprentices who have been assessed as eligible for Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support.

Where can you find more information?

View more information at: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/programs/support-australian-apprentices-disability

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Jobs in Jeopardy Assistance

What is it?

Jobs in Jeopardy is assistance for people at risk of losing their job due to illness, injury or disability. Assistance is provided through your Disability Employment Services provider to provide advice about redesigning your job so you can keep working, having your workplace changed to make it easier for you to work and putting in place specialised equipment in order to help you do your job.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible if:

  • You have employed for at least 8 hours a week on average over the last 13 weeks, and
  • You are not already receiving assistance from a DES provider.

Where can you find more information?

View more information at: www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/job-jeopardy-assistance

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