Are you unemployed and looking for work? Australian job seekers can get free enhanced and personalised support through Workforce Australia Services.
Workforce Australia is the new employment service by the Australian Government, replacing the jobactive program.
Australian job seekers can now access a range of services and supports through Workforce Australia.
You can choose to self-manage your job search using Workforce Australia Online. Or get face-to-face support and a tailored job plan through Workforce Australia Services.
In this guide, we explain how to access Workforce Australia Services from a provider such as APM Employment Services.
What is Workforce Australia Services?
Workforce Australia Services is how Australian job seekers can get one-on-one tailored employment support at no cost.
When you participate in Workforce Australia Services, you'll be referred to APM Employment Services or another provider in your local area.
A dedicated employment consultant will get to know your situation, your goals when it comes to work and any challenges you might be facing in your job search.
Then they'll work closely with you to develop an individualised job plan.
Your Workforce Australia Services provider can help you with things like:
- Career advice and mentoring
- Work experience opportunities including Work for the Dole
- Employment skills training and education
- Funding for work-related licences and micro-credentials like a white card
- Writing and tailoring your resume
- Applying for jobs and preparing for job interviews
- Using digital services and meeting your obligations
What's the difference between Workforce Australia Services and Online?
Workforce Australia Online is an online portal where you can self-manage your job search.
On the Workforce Australia website and app you'll find information, tools and resources to help you prepare for work, find a job and manage your Centrelink obligations.
You can also get phone or email support from the Digital Services Contact Centre (DSCC).
If you want or need extra support, you can access Enhanced Services through APM or another Workforce Australia provider in your local area.
As an Enhanced Services participant, you'll still have access to all the information, tools and resources online. You'll additionally get face-to-face, individualised support from your provider.
How to access Workforce Australia Services
Most job seekers start with Online Services and then transition into Workforce Australia Services if they need enhance support.
You must be unemployed and receiving income support payments from Centrelink to be eligible.
Here's how to access Workforce Australia Services:
1. Referral from Centrelink
If you are currently unemployed, you can access Workforce Australia Online from Centrelink.
If you are already using Workforce Australia Online but need enhanced services, Centrelink may refer you to a Workforce Australia Services provider.
2. Volunteer for Workforce Australia Services
If you are currently using Online services, you can choose to transition to enhanced Workforce Australia Services at any time.
Self-manage your transition on the Workforce Australia website or app. Or contact the Digital Services Contact Centre (DSCC).
3. Contact a local provider
If you aren’t sure how to access Workforce Australia Services, contacting APM Employment Services directly is a good place to start. Our friendly team can help you find the right supports and services for your situation.
What is a Workforce Australia Services provider?
A Workforce Australia Services provider is an organisation that is registered to deliver individualised employment services for Australian job seekers.
This includes face-to-face and in-person support where possible.
When you participate in Workforce Australia Services, you'll work with employment service providers in your local area. You can choose which provider you want to go with.
Specialist employment services
Depending on your situation and location, you may be eligible for specialist employment services or government-funded programs.
APM Employment Services is registered to provide a range of specialist services and programs.
We help thousands of job seekers across Australia through:
- Specialist services for Indigenous job seekers
- Specialist services for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) job seekers
- Transition to Work (for young people aged 15-24 years old)
- Career Transition Assistance (for Australians 45 years and older)
- Self-Employment Assistance (support to start your own business)
- ParentsNext (for parents of young children who are thinking about future study or work)
- Disability Employment Services (for people living with injury, illness or disability)
What to expect working with a Workforce Australia Services provider
Here's what to expect from APM Employment Services:
Meet your employment consultant
In your first appointment with your provider, you'll meet your dedicated employment consultant. They'll walk you through everything you need to know about Workforce Australia Services and answer any questions you might have.
Develop your personalised Job Plan
At APM Employment Services, we understand everyone's situation is different.
Our employment consultants will take the time to get to know you and what's most important to you when it comes to employment.
We'll work closely with you to create a job plan that matches your goals and priorities.
Get ready for work and find the right opportunities
Your employment consultant will help get you ready for work, whether that's through career guidance, work experience opportunities or skills training programs.
They can also help you access funding for things like white cards and police checks. You'll also get support to put your best foot forward with potential employers.
Whether that's tailoring your resume, finding suitable job opportunities, preparing for interviews or securing work trials.
Succeed in your new role
We'll celebrate your wins along the way and help you overcome any challenges that come up. That includes making sure you get support to make the transition to your new job a success.
Reach your employment goals with APM
At APM Employment Services, we've seen first-hand how having a meaningful job can have huge positive changes for someone's life.
We're dedicated to helping job seekers like you find work, feel confident and succeed in the workplace.
With over 500 locations across Australia and strong connections to industry, we've got the skills and experience to support you in your journey to employment.
For more information about how to access Workforce Australia Services with APM Employment Services, contact our friendly team today.
Call 1800 276 932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.