Where and how to look for work
Find a job online or through an agency.
Job search websites
- search more effectively for roles using keywords and filters
- set up job alerts
- create a profile or store a resume.
The Australian Government Australia Workforce website and app also provides hints and tips to:
- help your job search
- make your resume and cover letter stand out.
Learn more about finding jobs and what employers are looking for at Workforce Australia.
If there are specific employers or companies you’d like to work for, visit the careers section of their website.
Even if there are no suitable jobs advertised, you can often:
- register your interest and preferences
- create a profile
- set up an alert to get notified if a role that matches your criteria becomes available.
Employment or recruitment agencies are companies that find workers for employers. Some specialise in particular kinds of jobs or industries.
Visit their websites to search for available roles and other job finding resources.
If there are no jobs that match your skills and experience you can often upload your resume or register an expression of interest.
Jobs in government
There is a wide range of jobs, careers, professional development options, as well as training and education opportunities offered across local, state and national governments.
You can find general information, application checklists, and more resources that can help you find a job with:
- Local Government - careers at council
- NSW State Government - I work for NSW
- Australian Government - Jobs Hub.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Training NSW provides a range of programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders focused on:
- workplace mentoring and support services
- improving access to employment and training
- creating business opportunities.
In addition, the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is responsible for employment services in remote Australia under its Community Development Program (CDP).
Through a range of activities, the CDP supports Indigenous job seekers to:
- build workplace skills and confidence
- address and overcome barriers to employment
- contribute to their communities.
Learn more about specific roles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Workforce Australia.
For job applicants with disability
People with disability, injury or a health condition may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job through several government programs.
RecruitAbility encourages job applicants with disability to find employment in the Australian Public Service (APS), including Senior Executive Service roles.
The scheme also seeks to improve the disability awareness of APS hiring managers, selection panels and agency recruiters.
As well as supporting existing employees with disability, RecruitAbility can provide job applicants with disability:
- multiple pathways into the public service
- expanded career opportunities.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The School Leaver Employment Service (SLES) provides skills and confidence to help year 12 students move from school to employment.
It offers individualised support for up to 2 years after finishing year 12 to help school leavers get ready for work and plan their employment pathway.
Support services offered by SLES generally include:
- work experience in open employment
- job skills training
- travel training.
Disability Employment Services (DES)
DES providers support people with disability looking for work or who have a job through:
- help with locating and applying for roles
- targeted training and upskilling support
- speaking to employers and co-workers about possible changes to workplace practices
- coordinating physical modifications to a workplace.
Find out more about Disability Employment Services at Services Australia.