Based on our conversations and the information you provided to Centrelink, we feel that you are almost ready to move into employment and ready to move into study. Congrats on being one of our Almost Job Ready service users.

Your mutual obligations (those things you have to do to keep your Centrelink payment) are re-starting on 09 June which means you are required to engage in 25 hours per week of activity to move you back into employment or study.


What are my requirements, we hear you say?

These are listed in your job plan. They can change regularly to give you the best chance of moving into employment or study and to meet your required 25 hours. Yours will include, but are not limited to: 

  1. If you are interested in work, you will commence into our Employment Readiness Training with our legendary trainers – Julia or Leanne.

> Attend virtual sessions in our 3-week program to gain new skills like creating/updating your resume, understanding your own strengths and skills, finding the right industry and goal setting.

> One-on-one coaching with the Trainer to meet your specific needs and goals

> By participating in this training, you will meet your Centrelink requirements for the 3-week period

> After you’ve finished, we will chat to you about employment or study pathways and work out if you want or need some additional support

Check out what the virtual training is all about and what to expect: watch this video

Spaces in this workshops are limited and you may need to wait a few weeks for your Employment Readiness Training. If this is the case, your Youth Coach will load you up with fortnightly employment skills tasks to meet your requirements. Watch this video on how to set everything up.

  1. If you are interested in study you will need to enrol into a full-time Certificate III course or higher to meet your Centrelink requirements (we’ll support you through this!)

> Online study – what is it and what should I study?

> Check out jobs in-demand now and in the future

> Take the career quiz to find out more about your skills, strengths and future career direction options

> Based on jobs in high demand, we recommend the following Certificate III courses: Individual Support (Aged and Disability), Early Childhood Education and Care, Cleaning Operations, Health Services Assistance, IT qualifications and Logistics

> Based on jobs in high demand, we recommend the following Certificate IV courses: Allied Health Assistance, Nursing and IT qualifications

> Other courses could include any pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship courses, particularly in Carpentry and Civil Construction

  1. Attend fortnightly phone appointments with a Youth Coach

> Discuss your progress around moving into study (including enrolments)

> Your job plan will be reviewed and individualised

> Support you into other activities (like work experience) that will benefit you moving into employment or study

  1. Make sure that you are 100% ready to work

> Follow this checklist and make sure you have everything ticked off


What will Youth Projects do?

  • We may identify training, short courses or work experience opportunities (like in our awesome social enterprise cafe) that could be beneficial to you securing a job (we will talk to you about this and update your job plan accordingly)


Top tips for securing employment or education


Helpful videos


What happens if you get an interview?

Give us a call (or text) to let us know and one of our Youth Coaches will help you prepare and practice (that's what we are here for!) In the meantime, check out this video on pointers and tips to boss'ing your interview.


Once you start working or studying

Firstly, YAY! Young people getting into work is our favourite thing, like, EVER. But we need you to let us know! 

  1. Complete this form so we can update your job plan, tell you how we’ll help moving forward and, most importantly, congratulate you!
  2. Tell Centrelink / Services Australia by following this link
  3. Read through our Post Placement check list and let us know what we can provide or how can help you in your new job - we will still be here to support you on an ongoing basis! For example, we may be able to hook you up with workwear, course costs, getting tickets etc.


Rules of engagement! 

We have a 3 Strike Rule which means that if you do not engage with everything we've outlined above and whatever is outlined your job plan then we'll give you three chances. After that? We will exit you to JobActive. JobActive are a generalist employment service who will suspend your payments, put you in work-for-the-dole activities and are not youth-focused, at all (trust us when we say you'll want to stay with Youth Projects!) 


Feel like you’re classified wrong? 

Tell us! We want to support you smash those employment/education goals! We do offer more intensive coaching and one-on-one support, so contact us on the details below to have a chat.


Chat to a Youth Coach

You can reach us directly via text or call on 0499 799 262 or email us at [email protected]


We pride ourselves on individualized support, but due to a huge (and we mean HUGE) influx of young people needing jobs through our programs we've had to do things a little differently. If you'd like to share some feedback (good and bad!) please email us.