Information for students and jobseekers with disability
The Australian Network on Disability (AND) is not an employment service, and don’t find jobs for people with disability. We work in partnership with Australian organisations to help them welcome people with disability into their business.
If you are a person with disability looking for assistance in finding work or returning to work, there are various organisations and initiatives that can assist you.
Stepping Into internship program
The Australian Network on Disability (AND)’s Stepping Into Internships make it easier for students with disability to transition from study to employment. You’ll gain relevant hands-on work experience in a prestigious private or public-sector organisation.
The internships run for a minimum 152 hours (four weeks, if working full time). They are paid and take place during summer and winter semester breaks.
PACE Mentoring program
The Australian Network on Disability’s PACE Mentoring helps to bridge the gap to employment for jobseekers and students with disability. You’ll be matched to an experienced professional who will help you identify and reach your personal development goals and build your confidence in a workplace environment.
Placements run for a 16-week period and you’ll meet with you mentor for a minimum of eight sessions during that time.
Disability Employment Services
Through Disability Employment Services (DES), job seekers with disability, injury or health condition may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.
Disability Employment Service 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.
To find out more or to locate a Disability Employment Service near you, visit the JobActive website.
Job Services Australia
Job Services Australia helps people find a job. It also provides you with support to keep your job. If you are eligible for the service provided by Job Services Australia, you will be allocated a Provider. Your Provider will chat to you about your current skills and the type of job you are looking for. You can work with your Provider to identify your training needs to better improve your employment options.
To find out more, visit the JobActive website.
Transition to Work
Transition to Work is a new service to support young people aged 15-21 on their journey to employment. The service will provide 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.
myfuture is Australia’s national online career information and exploration service that assists career planning, career pathways and work transitions. myfuture provides information and support for career development for individuals, and for those who support or influence career choices.
To get started, visit myfuture’s website
RecruitAbility is an Australian Government scheme which aims to attract and develop applicants with disability and also facilitate cultural changes in selection panels and agency recruitment.
RecruitAbility can be applied to all vacancies across the Australian Public Service (APS), including Senior Executive Service roles.
To find out more or search for jobs under the RecruitAbility scheme, please visit the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.
JobAccess is an Australian Government initiative to help people with disability find and keep jobs, get promoted to better jobs, upgrade or expand their workplace skills, and more.
To find out more, please visit the JobAccess website.