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.

Financial support

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

Child care information

For help to find suitable child care visit the Child Care Finder 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's 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.


Explore training options to boost your chances of finding work.

For information about types of training and subsidised training opportunities, visit the Skilled Careers website.

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

Mature-aged people

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

People with disability

If you're a person with disability see Work and careers for programs and services available to help you.

Aboriginal people


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.

Horticulture traineeships

The Department of Water and Environment (DEW) 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 I work for 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 the 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 opportunities

The South Australian Government is committed to increasing opportunities for higher education graduates.

Graduate positions are available across a variety of disciplines, offering great diversity and career opportunities for graduates of all ages.

To apply for graduate positions, visit I work for SA.


Other opportunities

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're 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're 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 on the Skilled Careers website.

Skilled migrants

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

  • 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.

Finding work - Immigration SA
Recognition of qualifications - Immigration SA
Recognition of trade skills - Immigration SA

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