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Centrelink and jobactive
If you are unemployed, contact Centrelink. They may refer you to a jobactive provider 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.
Visit jobactive to search for a job.
Support 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 jobactive provider.
- Consider training to build your skills for your next job. Learn more about your eligibility for subsidised training.
- Get your skills assessed at your nearest Career Development Service.
- Special assistance is available for those facing retrenchment as the automotive manufacturing industry is changing in South Australia, see automotive workers in transition.
Support for unemployed families - Building Family Opportunities
Families experiencing long term unemployment or redundancy may be eligible for support through the Building Family Opportunities (BFO) program.
BFO is delivered by non-government organisations to families living in northern, western and southern Adelaide and in the Upper Spencer Gulf region, with focus in Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Whyalla.
To receive BFO support, you need to have dependents under 24 years of age and either:
- be unemployed and receiving income support for over 12 months
- have been made retrenched in the last three months or facing retrenchment in the next three months.
If you are eligible for BFO support, a case manager will work with you, and other members of your family, to:
- assist you to secure housing
- link you to health, financial and other assistance services
- support you to gain new skills through training
- help you to find a job.
The BFO program also supports families facing or experiencing retrenchment to secure sustainable employment.
For more information, contact the service provider closest to you:
UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide
Unit 3, 13 Elizabeth Way
ELIZABETH SA 5112
Phone: 8259 2900
Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide
58 Dale Street
PORT ADELAIDE SA 5015
Phone: 8440 2299
Baptist Care SA
1 Ramrod Avenue
HALLETT COVE SA 5158
Phone: 8387 3787
UnitingCare Wesley Country SA
36 Stirling Road
PORT AUGUSTA SA 5700
Phone: 7628 3175
UnitingCare Wesley Country SA
60 Florence Street
PORT PIRIE SA 5540
Phone: 8633 9040
UnitingCare Wesley Country SA
2 McRitchie Crescent
WHYALLA SA 5600
Phone: 8649 2817
Building Family Opportunities - Case Managers (YouTube, 2:44min)
If you have any questions call the Infoline on 1800 506 266.
Support for people with disability
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.
Support for Aboriginal people
If you’re an Aboriginal TAFE SA student, dedicated services and support people can help you with information and advice on training and work.
TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centres
The staff at TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centres are able to provide assistance and support in relation to your training at TAFE SA. The Centres are based on TAFE campuses across South Australia. Aboriginal Access Centre team members have excellent understanding of vocational education and training. They can:
- work out what skills you have
- assign you a Training Support Officer to provide assistance in developing your Individual Learning Plan
- refer you to other services in the community and out in the regions.
There are Centres in metropolitan and regional areas, staffed with people who understand Aboriginal needs.
For information about TAFE SA's Aboriginal Access Centres visit TAFE SA or contact (08) 8303 2644.
The Aboriginal Programs team can direct you to services for training and finding work.
Call 1800 627 849 for more information.
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.
Support 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 an ACE provider in your area.
You can learn how to use a computer and the internet safely and securely, at your own pace. See Learn computer skills.
Support 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 with Skill Connect or go to Group Training Australia (SA) website or call 8346 2227.
Call Regulation and Contract Management on 1800 673 097 to discuss your training options to continue your qualification.
See restarting your apprenticeship for more information.
Support for skilled migrants
If you are a recently arrived skilled migrant in South Australia you can get support to find a skilled job.
Visit Immigration SA to learn about the support available to migrants and register for services.
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.
Support for youth
If you’re aged 15-24 years of age and worried about work or study, Headspace’s Digital Work and Study Service can support you.
The personalised service can help you to explore career, training and employment options and overcome any barriers to reaching your goals.
For more information, visit Headspace’s Digital Work and Study Service or phone 1800 810 794.
Headspace operates across South Australia and can also support you with mental health, physical health, and drugs and alcohol issues.
To find a Headspace centre or talk to eHeadspace online, visit Headspace.
Career information support
Knowing which industries are growing in South Australia could increase your chances of finding a job.
For example, the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) together with the state’s aging population is placing greater demand on health care and social assistance, and investment into advanced manufacturing projects is diversifying and growing the state's defence industry.
Learn about in-demand industries and occupations to help you make an informed career choice. See Growth industries.