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 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. Fortnightly job searches

  • You will need to apply for 10 jobs each fortnight - your first job search needs to be submitted Friday 26 June
  • Use our JobsSearch Guide 
  • Submit your fortnightly job search efforts via your unique Google Docs link (watch how!)
  • One of our Youth Coaches will review this fortnightly and will give you feedback and suggestions around improving/targeting your job search
  • If you’re struggling to find enough jobs to apply for, get in touch with us. There are lots of industries you can move into – you may just need to think about your transferable skills!

Submitting your job searches on a fortnightly basis counts as your appointment!

2. Enrol into a full-time Certificate III course (or higher)

  • This will meet all of your requirements with Centrelink and we will be here to support you the whole way!
  • 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

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

4. Attend monthly phone appointments with a Youth Coach

  • Follow up on the pre-employment checklist
  • Discuss your job search
  • Support with course enrolments and moving into study
  • Support you into otheractivities (like work experience) that will benefit you moving into employment or study


What will Youth Projects do?

  • We will send you weekly emails with Certificate III or above courses to meet your requirements and any employment vacancies that we have actively sourced or found online.
    • Please make sure you look at these and follow instructions on how to apply
    • If you apply for these, make sure you list them on your fortnightly job search record
  • 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.