Registering with an Employment Agency/Government Initiative

It can be daunting finding work or going through interviews on your own. But you don’t have to. You could register with an employment agency or government employment initiative.

An employment agency or government employment initiative provider works with, you, the job seeker to help you find work. This means that they are working on behalf of the job seeker, and they will often work closely with candidates to help them find employment. Many employment agencies and government employment initiatives will also offering training to get you ready for the work force.

Employment Agencies

Workskil Australia

Workskil Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation, supporting Australians to achieve sustained economic and social self-reliance. They provide a range of employment, work experience, disability, youth, Indigenous and health services. Workskil delivers a range of Australian and State Government funded employment and related services. Services are tailored to your needs, to help you identify vacancies, get to that interview, start work and settle in.

They can help with:

  • Resumes, cover letters, and job search training.
  • Links with real employers for real jobs.
  • Sourcing appropriate training for your career path.
  • Work experience opportunities to help you gain the skills you need to succeed.
  • Ongoing support from our first meeting with you until you are settled in your new job.
  • Work clothing, licences, tickets and training, interview clothing and transport to your job interview

Employment Access (EA) (UCWPA)

Employment Access (EA) supports jobseekers with a disability, particularly mental health related disabilities, to find and maintain employment. They operate from two main centres and outreach sites across Northern and Western Employment Service Areas. Jobseekers work closely with an Employment and Training Officer to become job ready, assisting with resume preparation, training and interview skills, finding jobs and maintaining employment.

Personnel Employment

Personnel Employment is an Adelaide based, specialist employment agency assisting people with a Developmental Disability to find and maintain employment in the mainstream workforce. Personnel employment is a Disability Employment Service (DES) providers and supports over 500 clients and works with some of the State’s biging employers.


MatchWorks delivers jobactive Employment Services and Disability Employment Services contracts on behalf of the Federal Government Department of Employment and Department of Social Services. MatchWorks has Work for the Dole Coordinators in Victoria and provides WorkcoverSA and Job Placement services in South Australia.


Sureway Employment and Training is a biging employment services provider and training organisation that works in partnership with employers, industry, Government and community organisations to assist job seekers and meet the needs of industry. Sureway specialise in meeting the needs of job seekers by developing their skills, providing personal support and moving them into sustainable employment.

MJP Employment Services

MJP Employment Services is an initiative of Minda designed to support, advise and connect people living with intellectual disability who want to work in the general labour market. They link organisations looking to fill vacancies with suitable candidates and provide ongoing support to ensure positive outcomes are achieved for both the job seeker and the employer. MJP Employment Services is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS).MJP Employment Services continues to be involved as a member with the National Council for Intellectual Development by promoting employment opportunities at the national level.

Job Prospects

Job Prospects is committed to working with you to build your skills and develop a plan that achieves your future aspirations by providing a friendly, professional and personal support service individually tailored to your employment needs and goals. Job Prospects also provide you access to a wide range of job vacancies through extensive employer and industry networks.

Job Prospects can also help with

  • Interpreter services
  • Career counselling
  • Assistance with transport and relocation costs
  • Financial support with clothing for interviews and employment
  • Assistance with tools and equipment
  • Referral to Community Support Services

Ability options

Ability Options provide a wide range of services to people living and working in New South Wales. These services focus on independence, empowerment, meaningful lifestyles and valued roles within community. They advocate for all people to be included as valued and respected citizens who have unique skills, gifts and personal strengths to contribute to their community.

Government Employment Initiatives

Job Access

Offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability looking for work and their employers.

JobAccess is a free information and advice service about the employment of people with disability. JobAccess helps people with disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions. You can find useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists.


Jobactive is the Australian Government’s way of getting Australians into work. It connects job seekers with employers. Your jobactive provider will meet with you to help you find work and develop a Job Plan. They’ll also connect you to a range of other government initiatives, including relocation assistance, wage subsidies, training and apprenticeships. Jobactive services are generally available to those receiving income support payments such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (other), or Parenting Payment, and to those who have mutual obligation requirements. The Australian Government Department of Human Services will assess your circumstances and eligibility for jobactive before referring you to a jobactive provider.

Australian Apprenticeships

A service available to school-leavers and people re-entering the workforce or wishing to change careers. Australian Apprenticeships offer opportunities for you to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations as well as in traditional trades. When you finish your Australian Apprenticeship, you will have a nationally recognised qualification that can take you anywhere in Australia and one that is held in high regard in many overseas countries as well. The Australian Government, in acknowledging the contribution people with disability make to their communities and workplaces, provides additional support to Australian Apprentices with disability to help them reach their full potential as skilled workers.

Disability Employment Services

Through Disability Employment Services, job seekers with disability, injury or health condition may be able to receive assistance to prepare 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.

Western Futures

The Skills for Jobs in Regions Program engages South Australians who are disconnected from learning, training and work, in tailored workforce participation projects that respond innovatively to local skill and workforce needs by:

  • providing people with the skills to succeed in training and employment
  • providing employers with access to skilled workers at the time they need them.

Skills for Jobs in Regions projects are delivered in the 12 State Government Regions through seven Regional Development Australia organisations and other agencies. Western Futures delivers projects for the Western Adelaide Region which covers the local government areas of City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Charles Sturt and City of West Torrens.

Renewal SA

Renewal SA run training and employment programs with project and other partners so that communities and individuals benefit from our urban renewal activities.

Renewal SA offer three types of training and employment under the program:

  1. Employment and work experience opportunities in Renewal SA-managed contracts.
  2. Engagement, training and employment programs.
  3. Live training sites using Renewal SA-owned land to provide local on-site training models for registered training organisation