Job Seekers

FAQ List

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I’m looking for work

If you are unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job.

jobactive can provide tailored help based on your assessed needs.

jobactive can also help by connecting you to a range of government initiatives, such as:

Search for a jobactive provider near you.

Anyone looking for work can use the jobactive site to find and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the Job Seeker JobSearch App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.   

Harvest work is available throughout the year when there are insufficient local workers to harvest fruit and vegetable crops. Anyone who is legally entitled to work in Australia is eligible to be placed into harvest work. Visit the Harvest Trail website to find the latest harvest information, current vacancies for a Harvest Labour Service provider. 

I’m a young person

If you are an early school leaver or have had difficulty entering employment after school, you may be eligible to participate in Transition to Work.  Transition to Work is a service to support young people aged 15-21 on their journey to employment. It provides intensive, pre-employment support to improve work-readiness and help find work for young jobseekers that are at risk of long-term unemployment. 

Empowering YOUth Initiatives will provide new, innovative approaches to help young people who are identified to be long-term unemployed or who are at risk of long-term unemployment overcome their barriers and move into work and sustain employment. Services will be delivered by not-for-profit and non-government organisations.

If you are not eligible to participate in Transition to Work or Empowering YOUth Initiatives and want help looking for work, you may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job. jobactive provides you with access to tailored help from a jobactive provider, based on your assessed needs. You may also be able to get help to become a self-employed business owner through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

If you are 15 to 24 years of age, once you get a job your employer may be eligible for the Youth Bonus wage subsidy of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive). If you are 25 to 29 years of age, once you get a job your employer may be eligible for the Youth Wage Subsidy of up to $6,500 (GST Inclusive). Find more information on the departments Wage Subsidies page.

Anyone looking for work can use Job Search to look for and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the Job Seeker JobSearch App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.

If you’re under 31 you may be eligible to receive up to $6500 through the Job Commitment Bonus if you have been on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance as a job seeker for 12 months or more, and you find and keep a job and remain completely off welfare for a continuous period of 12 months.

Great resources are also available for you through Generation Success. Generation Success is an industry led initiative aimed at drawing employers’ attention to youth unemployment in Australia, and providing practical tips and advice to support employers, young people, parents and educators.

Green Army is for young Australian’s aged 17-24 years who want to participate in environmental projects in the local community. It is open to school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers. For more information go to Green Army or call 1800 780 730.

I’m a mature age person

If you are unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job. jobactive provides you with access to tailored help from a jobactive provider, based on your assessed needs. You may also be able to get help to become a self-employed business owner through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

Anyone looking for work can use Job Search to look for and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the Job Seeker JobSearch App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.   

There are programmes and incentives that encourage employers to take on mature age people.

The Restart wage subsidy provides up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) in financial assistance to employers who provide jobs to a mature age job seeker (50 years or older). Find more information on the departments Wage Subsidies page

The Corporate Champions programme also helps large employers to attract and retain mature age workers. The programme supports employers who commit to moving towards best practice in the recruitment and retention of mature age staff aged 45 years and over. Eligible employers can receive tailored support and assistance from an industry expert valued at up to $20,000.

I have a disability

If you are a person with disability and you are looking for work, there are a number of programmes that can help you.

Disability Employment Services can help job seekers with disability, injury or health condition to prepare for, find and keep a job.

JobAccess is the national hub for workplace and employment information for people with disability, employers and service providers.

I’m an Indigenous Australian

If you’re an Indigenous Australian looking for work, there are a number of programmes that can help you.

If you are unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to receive help from jobactive to find and keep a job. jobactive provides you with access to tailored help from a jobactive provider, based on your assessed needs. You may also be able to get help to become a self-employed business owner through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

Once you get a job your employer may be eligible for the Long Term Unemployed and Indigenous Wage Subsidy of up to $6,500 (GST Inclusive). Find out more on the departments Wage Subsidies page.

Anyone looking for work can use Job Search to look for and apply for jobs, keep track of job searches, create a personal profile and get job alerts. You can also use the Job Seeker JobSearch App, available for download from iTunes or Google Play.   

If you’re living in remote Australia, the Community Development Programme provides a jobs, participation and community-development service in 60 remote regions across Australia.

If you’re interested in working in the public sector, there is the Indigenous Australian Government Development Programme (IAGDP). IAGDP is an entry-level employment and development programme for Indigenous Australian people who are interested in working in the Australian Public Service.

Indigenous students and apprentices may also be able to get financial help from the Australian Government. This help is available from the Department of Human Services through the ABSTUDY program.

I live in remote Australia

If you’re living in remote Australia, you may be able to get help to find a job through the Community Development Programme which provides a jobs, participation and community-development service in 60 remote regions across Australia.

The programme supports people to build their skills and get a job or to participate to their capacity in activities that contribute to the strength and sustainability of communities.

I want information on my local labour market and skills shortages

If you’re looking for information on your local labour market or skills shortages, the Labour Market Information Portal has been developed by Department of Employment as an easy to use online resource. It contains up-to-date labour market data to help you understand your local labour market. 

Information on occupations and their job prospects is easily accessible at Job Outlook.

I want to give confidential feedback

Use this form to provide confidential feedback to the department.