Changes to help support people with drug or alcohol misuse

31 May 2018

We’re changing requirements relating to drug or alcohol misuse.

Looking for work isn’t always easy. Having a drug or alcohol issue can make it harder, and it can be tough to ask for help. However, there is support to help you prepare for work.

From 1 July 2018, there are changes to exemptions to meet requirements as a job seeker. Reasons with drug or alcohol misuse are no longer temporarily exempt. The use of drug and alcohol dependency as an acceptable reason for not meeting requirements will also be more limited. For example, not turning up to an appointment with a provider.

These changes do not affect those in the Community Development Programme.

However, drug and alcohol treatments and interventions may count towards your requirements.

This means you can focus on treatment and get the help and support you need.

Your provider can tell you more and talk to you about support options. Making rehab part of your Job Plan or Participation Plan may help. They can do this for you.

Next steps

Talk to your employment services provider. They can help with issues that make it hard for you to meet your requirements.

Talk to friends and family. You could also talk to your doctor, other health professionals or call a helpline for support.

Check out the Counselling Online website for online text-based counselling. You can also find state-based phone numbers if you prefer to speak to someone over the phone.

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Page last updated: 12 June 2018