Australian Disability Enterprises enable people with disability to engage in a wide variety of work tasks such as packaging, assembly, production, recycling, screen printing, plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping, cleaning services, laundry services and food services. There are over 600 Australian Disability Enterprises Australia-wide, providing real work for more than 20,000 people with disability in a supported environment.
The Disability Employment Network (DEN) provides specialist assistance to job seekers with disabilities who require ongoing support to find and maintain employment. DEN is delivered by a network of organisations – large and small – around Australia.
Disability Services Australia has a range of employment options and assists people to find work in the open workforce or within a supported employment environment. They also run a Transition to Work program which is a DADHC funded work readiness program.
Interwork Ltd - Disability Employment, Recruitment and Services
Interwork is a flexible and innovative South Australian specialist employment and training service for people with disabilities and others who experience disadvantages in accessing the open employment market. Our employment, vocational training and personal support services help job seekers, workers and employers, to enable people to contribute their skills and abilities to businesses and industry through meaningful employment.
For more information about how the Disability Employment Network (DEN) members can help you, or to locate your local service, visit JobAccess for information. It offers workplace solutions for people with a disability and their employers. The information on JobAccess focuses on employment or work related issues and includes a list of links to other disability related sites. Phone a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800.
Nova Employment - Disability Employment Specialist
Nova is a part of the Disability Employment Network (DEN) and offer job assistance and post placement support to people with a disability. They assist people to identify career goals, develop pre-employment skills, and once employed provide ongoing support.
Outreach Programs aim to make some TAFE courses more accessible to those with a disability or other barrier to learning. See the below site for TAFE campus locations and contact details for a Teacher / Consultant.
Sunnyfield Enterprises employs hundreds of people with a disability in a range of roles within the packaging, collating and manufacturing industries. They also run Community Participation programs to promote independence by providing participants with individual support to learn life skills and be included in everyday community activities.
Teacher / Consultants for Students with Disabilities:
TAFE NSW employs specialist Teacher/Consultants for Students with Disabilities to ensure that people with a disability have equal access to education and training at TAFE NSW campuses. Teacher/consultants should be able to inform you about which options, assistance and support may be made available to you for a chosen course. The TAFE NSW website, although comprehensive, does not list all possible courses and options available.
Junction Works runs Community Participation programs and Work Preparation Skills designed to help school leavers move to employment or vocational education and training. It services the areas of Liverpool, Fairfield, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly Shire.
The NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC)
The NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) funds a number of Transition to Work and Community Participation Programs for High School leavers with a disability. A student in Year 12 who wants to join one of these two post-school programs needs to apply to DADHC around September / October. The Transition to Work Program aims to develop skills over 1 to 2 years that may assist a school leaver gain paid employment, vocational education or training. The Community Participation Program teaches life skills and community involvement as an alternative to paid employment. For general information about Post School Programs call 1800 761 030.
For information about Post School Programs, contact your DADHC Regional Officer. Metro North: Martin Daly on (02) 9841 9437 Metro South: Elizabeth Brack on (02) 9334 3748 Northern NSW: Robyn Norris on (02) 6659 1334 Southern NSW: Vivienne Audus on (02) 4251 2002 Western NSW: Stephen Lynch on (02) 6041 7700 Hunter Region: Amanda O'Hara on (02) 4978 6117
For some students the TVET program (TAFE Vocational Education and Training) may be suitable. It is designed to give students in Years 11 and 12 a taste of what TAFE can offer. These vocational courses then count toward attaining the HSC.