It can be difficult for mature age unemployed seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce. There is a common perception that older workers cannot be easily retrained – ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. This is simply not the case. Also, mature workers have a wealth of work and life experience and skills to offer that should not be overlooked.
If you are looking for work, the following links and resources are a useful starting point
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DOME Association Inc. (Don’t Overlook Mature Expertise)
Assists mature age unemployed (aged 40 years and over) seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce through training, help with assessing and updating skills and general employment support including assistance with preparing resumes.
A series of free workshops for job seekers and employers. An initiative of the South Australian government through the Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology.
Centrelink Careers Information Centre
Careers Information Centres provide assistance to make informed decisions about training and employment options and pathways. Adelaide Customer Service Centre, Naylor House, 191 Pulteney St, Adelaide SA 5000, tel. 1800 662 736 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Services Australia
Job Services Australia is a national network of organisations dedicated to helping job seekers to find and sustain employment.
Australian JobSearch (JobSearch)
JobSearch provides information about jobs and working conditions, careers and training, employment programs and details of actual job and volunteering opportunities.
South Australian Government's Notice of Vacancies
Some state government positions are open to individuals who are not currently state government employees.
Australian Public Service Jobs
Australian Public Service jobs is your gateway to a challenging and rewarding career in the Australian Public Service (APS).
Job Services Australia for people 50 years and over
This is the Australian Government's national employment service, whickh offers support and training suited to your individual needs.
Commercial Employment Sites
As these sites generate revenue by charging the employer for placing their ad, there is no charge for the job seeker. Most sites allow job seekers to register at no charge to receive daily updates regarding jobs in particular fields and/or regions of SA.
If you are unemployed, Newstart Allowance is a payment that helps you while you are looking for work and allows you to participate in activities designed to increase your chances of finding work.
To speak to Centrelink in your own language call Centrelink Multilingual Services on 13 1202.
Language Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP) Eligible Centrelink customers can get help through the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Training Program (LLNP). This training may improve your chances of getting and keeping a job.
Vocational Education & Training
The Database on Vocational Education and Training in Australia. TGA is the official National Register of information on Training Packages, Courses and Qualifications.
Volunteering can be a valuable way to gain work skills and experience. Our volunteering section has all the information you will need to find volunteering opportunities.