Looking for work

Assistance and support looking for work

If you're unemployed, Centrelink may refer you to an employment service to discuss your existing skills, job prospects and training options.

Visit Jobactive for employment opportunities nationwide. If you register, you can complete a job match profile and find jobs that may suit you using their jobs database.

For more information about agencies, job services and centres that can help with training, starting work, and staying in work call the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266.

Financial support

Income support is available if you are looking for work and taking part in activities that may increase your chances of finding a job. Visit Centrelink website.

Child care information

For help to find suitable child care visit mychild website.

Centrelink offers a range of financial assistance to help with the cost of child care. Visit assistance with child care fees on the Human Services website.

Professional associations

If you have a professional qualification it is possible your professional association offers a jobs vacancy database. Check if your professional association website offers this service. Visit the Australian Professional Organisations, Associations and Societies website to find your organisation.

Other organisations offer job search for their industry and could be found by searching for your desired industry.

Skills

Visit help with getting training on the WorkReady website.

Career and training assistance is also available for the following groups.

Mature-aged people

If you are unemployed and over the age of 40, visit assistance and support on the WorkReady website for some ideas.

If you are mature aged and looking to re-enter the workforce or for a change in career see Mature age employment.

People with a disability

If you have a disability see work and careers for programs and services available to help you.

Aboriginal people

Programs

Aboriginal Access Centres

Help is available with working out what training or education you need to get the job you want. Aboriginal Access Centres can help with case management, tutorial assistance and e-learning resources and are located in more than a dozen TAFE SA metropolitan and regional campuses. Contact your nearest Aboriginal Access Centre at TAFE SA.

Aboriginal apprenticeships

The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program offers a personalised service to help Aboriginal jobseekers to plan careers appropriate to their skills; link you with potential employers and advise on any pre-apprenticeship training you need. The program also provides mentoring to help apprentices successfully complete their apprenticeship.

Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program - WorkReady website

Jobs4Youth

Jobs4Youth is a four-year program to recruit 800 young people to the South Australian public sector between 2014 and 2017.

Graduates are included under the Jobs4Youth program. Graduate roles are generally aligned to an ASO2, ASO3, OPS2 or similar level. The role should complement the studies applicants have undertaken.

Horticulture traineeships

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) recruits horticultural trainees to undertake a three-year traineeship in horticulture. The traineeship combines on-the-job training at the three Botanic Gardens of South Australia sites (Adelaide CBD, Mt Lofty and Wittunga) with regular attendance at off-the-job training towards achieving a Certificate III in Horticulture through a registered training organisation.

These traineeship opportunities are advertised through Jobs SA.

Selection criteria include:

  • satisfactory completion of the requirements of the SA Certificate of Education (SACE) stage 1, or equivalent
  • a current driver's license with ability to competently drive a manual vehicle
  • a minimum two weeks' formal work experience placement in amenity horticulture at an appropriate establishment is desirable, along with a demonstrated passion for horticulture
  • Certificate III in Horticulture, with a focus on plantsmanship, sustainable urban landscapes and plant conservation.

Graduate register

If you’re in the final year of your university studies, or have completed a university degree within the last four years, you can join the SA Government, Graduate Register. Your details will be available to government departments interested in recruiting recent graduates.

You will be able to apply for jobs advertised on the register and those advertised as 'external vacancy - open to everyone' through Jobs SA.

Accounting and finance graduate program

Information about this program can be found on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

Cadetships

Other opportunities

  • Summer vocational program for 3rd and 4th year civil engineering students - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Scholarships for students studying civil engineering from UniSA and Adelaide University - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Clerkship program for law students over the summer vacation period - Attorney General’s Department

Starting a new job

Learn all you need to do when starting work for the first time or moving into a new job - everything from tax file number to superannuation and life and income protection.

New arrivals

If you are thinking of living and working in South Australia, find general information at the Immigration SA website about:

  • moving from interstate
  • immigrating from overseas
  • living in South Australia.

If you are a new arrival in South Australia, there are services to help you have your overseas qualifications, trade skills and experience formally recognised for work in Australia. Employment support is available to help you understand the Australian workplace culture and the South Australian job market. Learn more about employment services for new arrivals on the Immigration SA website.

Learn about specific licensing, registration or industry requirements for working in South Australia by searching occupations at choose your career on the WorkReady website.

Skilled migrants

Services to help newly-arrived skilled migrants find work in their trade or profession includes:

  • information about the South Australian job market
  • techniques to improve job applications, resumes and cover letters
  • preparing for job interviews
  • understanding Australian workplace culture
  • having your overseas qualifications or skilled work experience assessed.

Employment services for new arrivals - Immigration SA
Recognition of overseas qualifications - Immigration SA


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Page last updated 4 October 2017

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