Disabled, ill or injured and looking for work

We provide financial support and other assistance to people with disability, illness or injury to help you find and keep a job or study.

Financial assistance

Pensioner Education Supplement helps students improve their chance of finding a job through study by helping with the ongoing costs of full time or part time study in a secondary or tertiary course.

Mobility Allowance helps you to participate in approved activities if you have a disability, illness or injury. The allowance helps with transport costs if you cannot use public transport without extra help, either permanently or for an extended period.

Youth Disability Supplement provides additional financial support to young people with a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability who receive certain income support payments.

Sickness Allowance provides assistance if you are aged 22 years or more but under age pension age and temporarily cannot do your usual work or study because of an injury or illness.

It is important that you tell us if your circumstances change. Keeping us up to date means we can continue to pay you correctly.

If you pay or receive child support you should make sure we know about your change of situation. Changes to your circumstances may affect the amount of child support you pay or receive. You can update your child support arrangement by calling 131 272 or using Child Support online account. Read more about changes that affect your child support.

Information and employment services

Job in Jeopardy assistance is available if you are at risk of losing your job because of illness, injury or disability. Under this program you may receive personalised support to help you to maintain your employment.

Disability Employment Service providers play a specialist role in helping you to find and keep a job if you have a disability, injury or health condition.

There are self service computers and printers available in our Centrelink service centres to assist you if you are looking for work. You can use these facilities to do things like create and print a resumé.

The National Relay Service is a free telephone service that can help you telephone the wider community through a third person if you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful. You can use Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides information about how to access the NDIS for funding for long term, individualised care and support that is reasonable and necessary to meet the needs of people with permanent disability. The NDIS also provides a comprehensive information and referral service to help people with disability access mainstream disability and community supports.

Access the Australian JobSearch website through myGov to look for jobs across all industries and regions within Australia. You can also use JobSearch to find employment services providers and disability employment services providers near you. The free JobSearch app can be downloaded from the Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Better Start for Children with Disability initiative on the Department of Social Services website provides early intervention services and treatments for eligible children with disability.

Disability Services Australia provides information on employment and community support services for people with a disability.

Health Direct provides information on maintaining health and wellbeing.

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your mental health situation.

JobAccess offers help and workplace solutions for people with a disability looking for work and their employers.

Helping Children with Autism package on the Department of Social Services website offers support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families and carers.

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Page last updated: 4 May 2016