Disability support

If you have an illness, injury or disability, there is help available if you’re looking for a job.

Disability Employment Services providers can help you find and keep a job. We can refer you to a provider if you’re eligible. You can also talk to a provider about registering with them. You can search for a provider on the jobactive website. The provider may ask if you need to attend an Employment Services Assessment with us.

If you start a program with an employment services provider this may count towards a Program of Support for Disability Support Pension (DSP).

A Program of Support (POS) helps people with disability to prepare for, find and keep a job. It may include help with:

  • job preparation and job search
  • work experience and training
  • injury management.

If you claim DSP we’ll check if your participation meets POS requirements.

Disability Employment Services also have a free program called Work Assist. It can help if you’re at risk of losing your job due to illness, injury or disability.

JobAccess offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability who are looking for work. It also supports people who have a job to get more training and better workplace skills.

Other government and community support services

You can use our Payment and Service Finder to find help in your local area.

National Relay Service is a free telephone service if you’re a person who is deaf, has hearing loss or speech disability. It can help you make a call through a third person.

How to access a standard, mobile, 1300, or 1900 number

You can follow these steps:

  • TTY users - phone 133 677 then ask for the phone number you wish to call
  • Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users - phone 1300 555 727 then ask for the phone number you wish to call
  • Internet relay users - visit the National Relay Service website and ask for the phone number you wish to call.

How to access an 1800 number

You can follow these steps:

  • TTY users - phone 1800 555 677 then ask for the 1800 toll-free number you wish to call
  • Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users - phone 1800 555 727 then ask for the 1800 toll-free number you wish to call
  • Internet relay users - visit the National Relay Service website and ask for the 1800 toll-free number you wish to call.

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support pays employers who employ apprentices with disability.

Australian Disability Enterprises has jobs for people with disability. Employees are supported to work, develop new skills and participate in their communities.

Employment Assistance Fund helps people with disability to look for and prepare for a job. It can help people who need:

  • Auslan assistance or
  • special work equipment.

It can help employers pay for workplace modifications or services for employees with disability.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to people with disability. The NDIS helps people achieve their goals including independence, community involvement, education, employment, health and wellbeing. They have information about finding, keeping and changing jobs.

Health Direct informs you about how to improve your health and wellbeing. It can help you find the health service or provider you need for assistance.

It may be helpful to talk to someone about your mental health if you have depression, anxiety or stress.

Page last updated: 11 December 2020