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Tansy’s working on a dream teaching career.

When Tansy was just three weeks old, a stroke damaged the left hemisphere of her brain. The lasting impact meant Tansy grew up with the restricted use of her right eye, arm and leg.

Unfortunately, Tansy said some employers were only able to employ her for the duration of a six-month wage subsidy for hiring a person with disability.

Leaving Tansy unemployed and struggling to find another employer who would give her a chance.

Then Tansy joined APM…

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"APM listened to me, they actually understood I had hopes and dreams."

Finding her dream job

For the children at Lucknow Primary School, where APM helped Tansy find her dream job of working in a library, Tansy was the indispensable, friendly guide to every entertaining and educational book waiting for them.

"My favourite thing about coming to work is being able to interact with the students and parting knowledge of how to use a library,” Tansy said.

Like APM, the children and teachers at the school saw Tansy for the person she is.

Tansy told her APM employment consultant her dream was to work in a library, and after a six-month trial as a technician, the school were not going to let her go.

“I really put my all in those six months. I got called into the office and they basically said they are going to keep me. And I knew I was having a job so that was brilliant,” Tansy said.

"My favourite thing about coming to work is being able to interact with the students and parting knowledge."

Tansy discussing with a woman

More than just a job

Building on the success in her role as a library technician, Tansy is now training to become a teacher herself, with the support from the school and APM to help her achieve a teaching degree.

“APM listened to me, they actually understood that I did have these hopes and dreams that I wanted to fulfil because everybody else gets the right to, so why shouldn’t someone with a disability have those same wants, dreams and hopes,” Tansy added.

Achieve your goals

We open doors to employment for thousands of people like Tansy every year.

If you have an injury, illness or disability, speak to us today about how we can help you find the job that works for you.

Are you eligible for Disability Employment Services?

Tansy in the workplace

You may be eligible for our Disability Employment Services program if you:

  • Have a diagnosed injury, illness or disability
  • Are aged from at least 14 to pension age
  • Are at or above the minimum legal working age in your state or territory
  • Are able to work at least eight hours per week (with support when required)
  • Are an Australian resident
  • Are not studying full time (unless you’re an eligible school leaver)
  • Are not working at or above your assessed employment capacity

You can access APM Disability Employment Services through a referral by Centrelink or by registering with us directly.

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.

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.

See how we can help you find a job that works for you.