Employment, Education, Training

Returning to work

Return to work advisers are available to visit anyone with a disability at any stage of their return to work process. This can be in a hospital, home or community setting. They will provide assistance in areas such as resume writing, interview skills, workplace assessments and post-employment support.

There may be opportunities for you to return to your previous employer. The return to work adviser will discuss your needs and negotiate necessary contract amendments and workplace modifications with your employer. The adviser will also provide transitional and ongoing support to both you and your employer.

Return to work advisors are available from www.jobaccess.gov.au or contact the JobAccess Advisors on 1800 464 800 or contact SCIA Workforce Employment Service.

SCIA Workforce, part of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, is an employment service that offers advice, support and assistance as you make your way through the maze of programs and systems available to you.  Funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), SCIA Workforce helps job seekers by providing services from pre-employment training, including job search training and career planning, through to post-employment support. Read more….

Other Employment Providers

CRS Australia is a provider of disability employment and assessment services to people with a disability, injury or health condition.

Financial assistance for Employers

JobAccess is a free information and advice service about the employment of people with disability. JobAccess helps people with disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions. You can find useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists.

Job Access provides the Employment Assistance Fund, which is a fund to help people with disability to improve their access to work. It can help with the costs of installing accessible doors, ramps, adjusting heights of switches, assistive technology, Auslan interpreting and disability awareness training. For more information go to the Job Access website.

Education and Training

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training provides information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities. Supporting the work of disability practitioners and teachers. The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) provides post-secondary education, training and employment information and resources for people with disability or ongoing medical conditions.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities has links to schools, TAFE and adult education; vocational training, apprenticeships and industry. 

The myfuture website is Australia's national career information and exploration service, helping people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions. On the website you will find:

  • My Guide, a career exploration tool. You can personalise My Guide to help you choose a career direction and plan your future
  • detailed career information about occupations, industries, education and training providers, courses and programs
  • information about career development, choosing school subjects, getting a job, starting your own business, working overseas and many other topics.

Studying overseas? This website - PhD's Education Index - is an index of undergraduate and graduate programs for students wishing to locate an educational institution in the US. 


If you are not sure about your ability to hold a job or want to experiment with new skills a good way to start is through volunteer work. Websites dedicated to volunteering opportunities include www.volunteer.com.au, www.volunteers.org.au, and www.govolunteer.com.au.

Law relating to employing people with disabilities

The Australian Human Rights Commission has a very informative employment page setting out your rights under the law. Also check out our links to organisations involved in employment activities for people with disabilities.

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