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.
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.
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.
Visit help with getting training on the WorkReady website.
Career and training assistance is also available for the following groups.
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 Employment SA has information on schemes and opportunities available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Amy Levi Aboriginal Teaching Scholarship Program - Department of Education and Child Development
- Indigenous Youth Traineeships - SA Police
- ATIS Cadetship Program - Attorney General's Department
- Commonwealth Indigenous Cadetships - Correctional Services
- Aboriginal Scholarship Program - Department of Primary Industries and Regions
- Aboriginal Internship Program - Department Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
- ATIS Traineeships Program for Year 11 and 12 students - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- Nursing opportunities - SA Health
- Technical apprenticeships in electrotechnology, mechanical or fabrication/boilermaking are available with SA Water.
- SAGIT Cadetship for final year students in Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Adelaide University) - Department of Primary Industries and Regions
- Undergraduate program for Marine Biology students, Honours, Masters and PhD program (Flinders University) - Department of Primary Industries and Regions
- 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.
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.
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.