Following the rollout of the Australian Government’s new jobactive employment program on 1 July 2015, WISE Employment has 11 more office locations in VIC, NSW and NT. WISE now offers the new jobactive employment program at a total number of 27 locations in Australia, including 24 main WISE offices and 3 outreach/part-time offices.
As the lead partner of the Northern Indigenous Employment (NIE) working group, WISE Employment brought together a strong crowd of 140 employers, students, job seekers and representatives from community, government, health, employment, training and educational organisations to discuss 'Getting on with business, employing Indigenous people’ during its Reconciliation Week event on 2 June 2015. Key themes for the day were Aboriginal recruitment and training success stories and the importance of culture in retention and safety in the workplace.
WISE Employment is registered to provide National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports to people aged 15-24 via its offices in Devonport, Hobart and Launceston, who all also offer employment assistance to people who have a disability. We welcome the opportunity to deliver additional services and support over and above employment to people with disability, including social assistance in daily activities, community engagement, and public transport training.
If you have been out of work for a day, a month or even years and have a disability, WISE Employment can help you find meaningful work. In this month’s national radio campaign WISE Employment is reaching out to people with a disability to contact us for assistance in gaining employment – all you need to do is register as a WISE job seeker.
WISE Employment may be able to assist your staff who could be at risk of losing their job due to an illness, injury or disability through the cost-free Jobs in Jeopardy Assistance Program. The program can help your staff who are ill, injured or have a disability to remain in work. The service is free for employees and employers as it’s funded by the Federal Government’s Disability Employment Services (DES) program, and accessed through WISE Employment.
WISE Employment and Interwork have merged, expanding the reach of employment services to the most disadvantaged people across Australia, including people who have a disability. With 20 sites in Adelaide, regional South Australia and western Victoria, not-for-profit employment services provider Interwork will complement WISE Employment’s 60 sites in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
Mature-age workers can bring a wealth of valuable experience to your business. If you employ a mature age worker, you may also be eligible for financial support from the government. The Department of Employment’s Restart Program can give your business up to $10,000 (GST inc) if you employ and retain a job seeker 50 years of age or over who has been continuously unemployed and on income support for 6 months or more.
Our Empowermental 2014 research explores the attitudes of 256 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Australia towards hiring disadvantaged people including those who have a mental illness. Six in ten employers (63%) who have hired someone who has a mental illness reported a positive or very positive experience, and 68% of employers who employed someone with a mental illness, still do. Yet, stigmatised views about mental illness and employment, often steeped in fear, remain relatively unchanged.
Clean Force Property Services, a WISE Employment social enterprise, has recently scooped the most prestigious of Australian industry accolades, the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year award in the large employer category. Social Traders developed the Social Enterprise Awards to recognise the impact of individual organisations contributing solutions to the community’s most difficult challenges, and to celebrate the breadth of talent and innovative thinking behind their development.
For the second consecutive year, Clean Force Property Services (Clean Force), a WISE Employment social enterprise, has been announced as a finalist for the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year Awards – this year in the ‘Large’ category. The Social Enterprise Awards, an initiative by Social Traders, are the only national awards for Australian social enterprise.