Disabled, ill or injured and looking for work

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

Financial help

Mobility Allowance helps you take part in approved activities if you have a disability, illness or injury. It can help with transport costs if you can’t use public transport without substantial assistance, either permanently or for an extended period.

Sickness Allowance can help you if you temporarily can’t work or study because of an injury or illness, but you have a job or study to return to.

Pensioner Education Supplement can help you find a job through study if you’re a student. It helps with the costs of full time or part time study in a secondary or tertiary course.

It’s important you tell us if your circumstances change. Keeping us up to date means we can keep paying you correctly.

Child support

If you pay or get child support, changes in your life may affect the amount you pay or get. To update your child support arrangement:

Read more about changes that affect your child support.

Employment Services Providers

We may refer you to an Employment Services Provider.

A jobactive organisation, Disability Employment Services or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Community Development Programme provider can help you look for work.

We can refer you to an Employment Services Provider in your area. They can help you access:

  • job search help and training
  • jobs in your area
  • things like computers, telephones and stationery.

Look for jobs across all industries and regions in Australia and find an Employment Services Provider near you on the jobactive website.

Download a free jobactive app from Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Use the self service computers and printers in a service centre to create and print a résumé. You don’t need an appointment.

Job in Jeopardy assistance can help if you’re at risk of losing your job because of illness, injury or disability. Under this program you may get help to keep your job.

Supported Wage System

Increase your job opportunities by being paid a productivity based wage if you have disability.

Read more about the Supported Wage System on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Wage subsidies

Disability Employment Services can subsidise wages for people with disability.

Read more about wage subsidies on the Department of Jobs and Small Business website.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information. Use Payment and Service Finder to find help in your local area.

National Relay Service is a free telephone service if you’re deaf, hearing or speech impaired. It can help you make a call through a third person.

Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support makes payments to employers who employ apprentices with disability.

Australian Disability Enterprises are workplaces around Australia that have a wide range of jobs for people with all types of disability and other support needs.

Employment Assistance Fund helps employers of people with disability and mental health conditions. The fund provides financial assistance to buy a range of work related modifications and services. This can help if you:

  • are about to start a job
  • are currently working
  • need help to find and prepare for work

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support that is reasonable and necessary to meet the needs of people with an impairment or condition that:

  • is likely to be permanent or lifelong
  • stops them from doing everyday things by themselves

JobAccess offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability looking for work and it also helps their employers.

Health Direct provides information on maintaining health and wellbeing.

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

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Page last updated: 18 April 2018