Australian Government support at work

The Australian Government provides a range of programs and incentives to help people with disability find, keep and change jobs. Some of these programs are designed specifically for people with disability. Other programs are available to the wider community, but may be especially helpful to people with disability who are looking for work.

Work Based Personal Assistance

If you need help at work to eat a meal, use the toilet or take medication, you may be able to get financial help through Work Based Personal Assistance. Work Based Personal Assistance is designed to reimburse the costs of workplace support services for people who need regular help due to their disability or medical condition. For information on Work Based Personal Assistance, including eligibility, speak to your Disability Employment Services (DES) provider.

Australian Disability Enterprises

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE) are just like any other business, but they mostly employ people with disability who need high levels of ongoing support. If you would like to work in jobs like packaging, assembly, production, recycling, screen printing, plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping, cleaning services, laundry services and food services, then an ADE may be for you.

If you work in an ADE and would like to get a job in open employment, you may be eligible to receive assistance from a DES provider. As of 1 January 2016, you no longer have to give up your ADE job to receive DES assistance. An eligible ADE employee can receive assistance through DES for up two years to help them find a job in the open labour market. 

For more information on ADEs, speak to your Disability Employment Services (DES) provider, visit the Department of Social Services website, send an email to enquiries@dss.gov.au or call 1300 653 227.

Mobility Allowance

Do you have a medical report that says you are unable to use public transport? If you need to travel to and from home for paid work, voluntary work, study or training or to look for work you may be eligible for the Mobility Allowance. The Mobility Allowance can help you cover the costs of travelling for work-related activities. For more information on the Mobility Allowance, speak to your Disability Employment Services (DES) provider, visit the Department of Human Services website, or call 13 27 17.

The Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job program

If you need financial support to move so you can get a job, the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job program may be able to help you. If you are eligible for the assistance, this program can help reimburse your relocation costs. For more information, speak to your Disability Employment Services (DES) provider, visit the Department of Employment website or call 1800 805 260.

Job Seeker Classification Instrument and Employment Services Assessment

If you are registered with Centrelink and looking for work, you may need an assessment to help work out the services and support that best meet your needs. These assessments are called the Job Seeker Classification Instrument and the Employment Services Assessment. For more information, speak to your DES provider or visit the Department of Human Services website.

Personal Helpers and Mentors Employment Services (PhaMS)

The Personal Helpers and Mentors Employment Services (PhaMS) can help you if your life is severely affected by mental illness, you are receiving eligible income support, and you are required to find a job. PhaMS can help address the barriers you are experiencing with finding and keeping a job. For more information, visit the Department of Social Services website.

Job in Jeopardy assistance

If you are at risk of losing your job as a result of your disability, injury or health condition, you may be able to access Job in Jeopardy assistance. The Job in Jeopardy program is delivered through Disability Employment Services (DES) providers.  An experienced DES consultant will work with you and your employer to help manage the impact that your injury, disability or health condition has on your work, so you can keep working. Through Job in Jeopardy assistance, you might get a workplace assessment, workplace changes or special equipment, changes to your work tasks and help to manage the impact of your injury, disability or health condition. This help is provided at no cost to you or your employer. For more information about Job in Jeopardy assistance, including eligibility, speak to your DES provider.

Fair Work Commission and Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Commission may be able to help you if you are being treated unfairly in the workplace because of your disability. The Fair Work Commission can help with disputes that relate to working conditions, workplace bullying and unfair dismissals. For more information, visit the Fair Work Commission website or call 1300 799 675.

If you have issues that relate to your rate of pay, your leave or workplace entitlements, the Fair Work Ombudsman may be able to help you. For more information, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website or call 13 13 94.

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

If you are registered with a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider or a jobactive provider and you want to run a new small business, the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) might be able to help. NEIS can help you access small business training, income support, rental assistance and 12 months of personalised mentoring and support to set up a small business. For more information, visit the Department of Employment website or call 13 62 68.

National Work Experience Program (NWEP)

You may be interested in doing paid or unpaid work experience to help you gain on-the-job skills and confidence. Work experience can help you test which types of jobs you might enjoy and allows you to show an employer your capabilities and positive attitude. For more information, speak to your Disability Employment Services (DES) provider or visit the National Work Experience Program.

Community Development Program (CDP)

The Community Development Program (CDP) helps people get ready for work and find jobs in remote Australia. For more information on CDP, speak to your Disability Employment Services (DES) provider or visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website. You can search for a CDP provider in your local area on the jobactive website.

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