Talk to someone who can help you find a job. They may have jobs vacant in your area – they can also suggest training options to increase your chances of getting a job.
Centrelink and Job Services Australia
If you are unemployed, Centrelink may refer you to Job Services Australia (JSA) who can talk to you about your existing skills, job prospects and training options.
Call Centrelink’s Employment Services on 13 28 50 to find your nearest centre.
Job Services Australia has services and support to help you find work. Visit Job Services Australia.
Career Development Services
If you’re looking for work, thinking about getting back into work after a break, or want to work more hours, Career Development Services have people who can help. They will look at what you can do, what you’ve done and what you would like to do, and then help you explore options to get started.
Talk to a career adviser
or find your nearest Career Development Service from the contact list.
Specialist assistance and support
If you need advice on where to go for help, call our Infoline and we will help you find what you need.
Specialist assistance and support is available if you need help to find a job or work out what skills you need.
For mature-aged people
If you are unemployed and over the age of 40, contact DOME (Don’t Overlook Mature Expertise). Their free employment service includes a jobs board of positions vacant.
Learn more about DOME or call 8410 4344.
Free career advice is also provided for mature-aged people by Experience+.
Call 13 17 64 or learn more about Experience+.
For skilled migrants
If you are a skilled migrant with qualifications or skills from overseas, you may need to get them recognised so you can use them in South Australia.
For help on getting qualifications, skills and experience recognised contact the Skills for All Infoline to make an appointment, visit us at the Skills for All Infocentre or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This free service also offers support to get a job.
Learn more about recognising skills and overseas qualifications.
For people who need foundation skills before they start training or looking for a job
If you need to gain some basic skills – perhaps boost your self-confidence, learn how to do an interview or how to use a computer – you can enrol in Adult Community Education (ACE).
ACE programs offer basic learning programs to people who may have left school early, or have been out of the workforce for a long time, or are just starting on the journey of returning to work.
Learning through ACE costs little or no money.
Find groups who can help you make your fresh start.
For people who need help with reading, writing and numbers
Adult Community Education (ACE) programs offer literacy and numeracy programs. Learning through local ACE providers costs little or no money, and they are in local areas.
Learn more about making your fresh start.
For Aboriginal people
If you are Aboriginal, there are services that can help with training and getting a job.
Aboriginal Access Centres in TAFE SA
Staff at your nearest Aboriginal Access Centre will personally help you with the training or education you need to get a job. Call your nearest Aboriginal Access Centre:
Eyre & West Coast
|Oak Valley: phone Ceduna
Yorke Peninsula & North
Riverland and Limestone Coast
Tauondi College is an Aboriginal Community College in Port Adelaide. It offers accredited courses as well as Adult Community Education (ACE) programs to help with basic skills like job preparation and computing skills.
Learn more about Tauondi College.
For people with disability
Abilities for All
Abilities for All provides training for people with disability who are unemployed. Courses take place over 12 weeks in local community centres.
Call the Bedford Group on 8275 0211.
Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services (DES) offers two employment services:
- Disability Management Service – for job seekers with disability who don’t need long-term support in the workplace.
- Employment Support Service – for job seekers with permanent disability who need long-term support in the workplace.
Call Disability Employment Services on 1300 363 079.
Building Family Opportunities – basic skills for unemployed families
Building Family Opportunities (BFO) provides one-on-one counselling, support and advice to families. It brings together long-term jobless families with someone from your community who will work personally with you and your family to help you gain skills and get jobs.
To be part of the BFO program you need to:
- be living in the local government areas of Playford, Port Augusta and Port Adelaide Enfield, or some suburbs in the City of Charles Sturt
- have been unemployed for 12 months
- have dependants who are up to age 24.
If you think you are eligible for BFO, download the BFO program referral form and submit it using the instructions on the form. If you have any questions, call the Infoline
Once in the program, you will get help from:
Centacare Catholic Family Services
Building Family Opportunities
BFO Referral Team
34 Yorketown Road
Elizabeth Park SA 5113
Phone (08) 8252 2311
UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide
Building Family Opportunities: a Family Centred Employment Project
BFO/FCEP Referral Team
70 Dale Street
Port Adelaide SA 5015
Phone (08) 8440 2267
UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie (for Port Augusta)
Building Family Opportunities
BFO Referral Team
36 Stirling Road
Port Augusta SA 5700
Phone (08) 7628 3136
Learn more about Building family opportunities for unemployed families.
For people who have been retrenched
If you have just lost your job, you can:
- Contact your local Centrelink office. Centrelink may refer you for free employment services through a local Job Services Australia Provider.
- Consider training to build your skills for your next job. Learn more about Skills for All.
- If you have overseas qualifications you may want to have them assessed through the Skilled Migrant Service.
- If you are not currently working and want to increase your skills for work or to become self-employed, consider a free training place for job seekers.
- Get your skills assessed at your nearest Career Development Service.
For out of trade apprentices and trainees
If your apprenticeship or traineeship is terminated before you finish it, you can join the Skill Connect Register. Employers use it to find apprentices and trainees who are out of trade.
Register online at Group Training Australia (SA) or call (GTA SA) on 8346 2227.
Call Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services on 1800 673 097 to discuss your training options to continue your qualification.
See restarting your apprenticeship for more information.