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…

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

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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."

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?

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.

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