Looking for the right fit

Sometimes you just need the right person to help.

Tammy had applied for many jobs by herself, despite persisting she encountered the same barriers to securing work.

Born with a cleft palate, which impacts her verbal communication, Tammy had difficulty speaking with prospective employers, and didn’t get a chance to show her skills for roles being offered.

Having seen her nephew work with APM Employment Services and get placed into his dream job, Tammy knew they could help.

"She is a real part of the team"

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A supportive environment

APM Employment Consultant Danni saw Tammy’s strengths and enabled her to link up with employers with suitable jobs.

Danni worked with Tammy to discover what roles she was looking for, and what level of social interaction and verbal communication would be ideal for her.

APM also provided additional support by updating her resume and helped her buy interview clothes.

When Steve’s Bar approached APM to find staff, Tammy was the first name on the shortlist of suitable candidates – and the first person they hired.

Tammy works as part of the Front of House team at the Perth venue known for its quality cuisine and prestigious wine selection. She is responsible for detailing and intricately cleaning parts of the venue and setting the tables for service.

She creates a beautiful and inviting space for patrons and her dedication to her work continues to impress her employer Glen.

“What Tammy brings to the table we couldn’t find in other staff, so she’s been a great benefit to our business,” he said.

Glen described what she brings to the Front of House team, and the simple accommodations they made to support her:

“Very friendly, very approachable and easy to work with” Glen said.

“We understand that we just tell her to do those jobs and she gets them done for us – I haven’t had an issue with her disability all.”

"There is no task someone can’t do"

A perfect match

Glen describes Tammy as “the perfect match” for their business.

“If you get the right person for the right job, they can do the job at hand” he said.

“APM provided someone who had the right attention to detail.”

Tammy is just one of the more than 120,000 job seekers with an injury, illness, or disability APM Employment Services have supported into work over the last two years.

After providing her with the training and equipment she needed, Tammy’s work ethic has made her one of the stars of the team.

“I feel so much better now I’ve found a job” Tammy said.

“I’m very happy I’ve got some money in the bank.”

“I feel proud of myself” she added.

The benefits of employment go beyond money in the bank, Danni regularly observes through her work:

“I see that employment really changes lives, not just one person’s life, but also their family and the community they live in.”

Tammy’s strong sense of achievement is a testament to work enabling better lives for people with disability.

Everyone deserves a job they love, a job that supports their capabilities and skills – it’s just a matter of the right support to get there.

"I’m very proud of myself"

Are you eligible 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 14 to 65
  • 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.

When you visit Centrelink, they carry out an employment assessment and if you are 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.

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


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