Meet Georgie

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From struggles with anxiety to being voted Employee of the Year.

Beyond relocating from Albany to Perth – Georgie has come far on her work journey.

This award-winning employee was not always so confident, she continues doing the hard work which got her to where she is today.

It is sadly not uncommon that continually struggling to find a job impacts so many earnest job seekers.

After four years out of work, Georgie is working hard to pay off her car and save for a holiday. She’s found an incredibly supportive workplace – and more importantly, her confidence.

I think APM really got to know me

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"I really think that APM got to know me in what I could do with my job"

Determined to achieve her goals

The first few weeks of working were fraught with self-doubt, but Georgie was determined her learning disabilities wouldn’t hold her back from her financial goals.

Working as a hotel housekeeper, her role requires organisational and timeliness – and even when she has days where she feels overwhelmed, Georgie remains stoic.

“I have my good days, I have my bad days and I have days where I don’t know what I’m going but I get through it” she admits

Georgie worked together with her APM Employment Consultant to build her computer skills so they could create her first resume. Then the all-important job interview skills, including learning how to market herself to an employer in an interview situation and what her transferable skills and abilities are.

It only took a few hours for Georgie to get a call-back for after being put forward for a role with Lorna’s company. And after a successful three-day trial, she was offered a job!

It’s clear Lorna is proud of Georgie’s progress, and describes her as “one of my stars”

Georgie standing next to a woman smiling

"Now I’m working, I can really pay for my car, holiday and anything more that I want"

Working with confidence

Since finding Georgie a role which enables her to work well in her capabilities, she has grown to work independently more often, with greater confidence.

When asked what she thought about including people with disabilities into her workforce, Lorna shared some wonderful sentiments on her experience:

“I definitely recommended it because the thing is, it’s like you’re planting a little seed and you’re watering it every day and you see it’s blooming and then later, without even thinking about it you realise you’ve got an orchid that’s growing your garden” she goes on “and the difference that makes in people’s lives is rewarding”

If you’d like to work with one of our dedicated Workplace Consultants to get back on your feet

Start your journey by registering below to find out if you’re eligible to for our Disability Employment Services program or one of our support programs.

Frequently asked questions

Who is APM?

APM is the largest provider of Disability Employment Services in Australia.

With more than 500 locations across the country we help more people into work than anyone else.

We know how hard it is to find work when you’re facing other challenges. We don’t just want you to find a job, we want to help you change your life for the better.

When you come to APM we get to know you so we can help you get the support that’s right for you.

We help you set realistic goals and keep you focused on finding a job that works for you.

There’s a job out there for you.

Let’s go find it.

How does Disability Employment Services work?

Disability Employment Services (DES) is an initiative by the Australian Government to help people with an injury, illness or disability find and keep a job.

This can include helping people to:

  • manage health issues that may be making it hard to get work
  • identifying their strengths and work capabilities
  • developing skills for jobs and being part of a workplace
  • succeed when they start a new job with further information and support

APM is Australia’s largest contracted provider of Disability Employment Services and we deliver support programs to eligible people across the country.

Who qualifies for Disability Employment Services?

You can join APM for Disability Employment Services through Centrelink.

When you visit Centrelink, they carry out an employment assessment and if you're eligible, they will recommend you to a Disability Employment Services provider. Remember to ask to join APM so you get the best service when searching for employment.

To be eligible for Disability Employment Services, you must be:

  • An Australian resident aged from at least 14 to pension age
  • Receiving an income support payment, disability support pension, an NDIS participant or an eligible school leaver
  • Able to work between eight to 30 hours per week (with support when required)
  • Not studying full time (unless you’re an eligible school leaver)
  • Not already working at or above your assessed work capacity

If you're already receiving an income support payment, you can also register with us directly.

If you’re with another provider, but would like to change to APM, contact us and our teams will be happy to speak to you.

What to expect

When you register with APM for Disability Employment Services, we will contact you to confirm your eligibility and invite you for your first appointment.

You will get a local employment consultant who knows the employers, businesses and job opportunities near you.

They will listen to you and build a plan that takes into account your health, personal circumstances, interests and any skills or experience you may have.

Your plan will be unique to you and include steps to help with:

  • building your confidence
  • writing your resume and job applications
  • searching for suitable jobs with potential employers
  • preparing for interviews
  • access to services to manage health issues or barriers to work

With APM, you get the support, you get the skills and you get the rewards of having a valuable job.

Already with another provider?

Don’t miss out on a program made just for you, by one of Australia’s best-rated providers.

APM has some of the highest job placement rates in the country.

You can transfer to your nearest APM team in three easy steps:

  1. Call the National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260
  2. Ask to transfer to APM
  3. Accept our invite to your first meeting

Join the thousands of APM job seekers who change their lives every year by finding valuable employment.

Find your nearest APM location

APM is Australia's largest provider of Disability Employment Services and we have more than 500 locations nationwide.

You can find your nearest APM team on our Find Us page.

Speak to us about opening your door to employment