Pathways to Employment

Your Path to Employment

There are many ways to get into work, and different versions of what work can look like. Here are some:

Work experience and volunteering

Work experience is an unpaid, time limited period in a job with ideally some support. It is focused on building skills, confidence and readiness to enter employment. If you are new to a work environment it gives you to practical skills to get a job by learning on the job, improving your resume with relevant experience, and finding longer term work.

To find work experience, contact with a local disability employment service (DES) or Australian Network on Disability (AND) or use your NDIS supports.

Traineeships and apprenticeships

A traineeship is a partnership between a registered training organisation, a workplace, and a trainee worker. You can study for a qualification while working on a job. This allows you to gain practical skills and apply theory to a job situation. Qualifications can range from a Certificate II to a Diploma covering traditional trades, community services, administration and hospitality industries.

Contact Australian Apprenticeship pathways for more information.

Open Employment

In open employment, you compete for jobs with your job application and resume and are interviewed in an open and competitive process. A disability employment service (DES) can assist you to alter your resume to fit the needs of the job and prepare for an interview. A DES worker can secure an interview for you and help you navigate issues such as disclosure of disability, any accommodations you need, and can provide financial incentive to support your employment situation.

Personalised job opportunities and Job Customisation

You may have tried to get a job and not been successful. A DES provider can help you identify strengths and skills that could be useful in a workplace. They will match your strengths and skills with the unmet needs of a workplace. They will also help your employer access government subsidies and funding to support the arrangement. Often the best job for a worker with a disability is one crafted around their particular skills and attributes.


A microenterprise is a very small business, owned and run by an individual.  Many people with disabilities operate micro businesses. They are simple to start and need minimal money to start up. They can give a you a valued role in their local community providing a service or goods, and is based on your passions, interests and skills. They are highly individual and able to happen at whatever level best suits you. Microenterprises create independence and empower you to make a contribution while using your particular skills and talents. They expand work opportunities and are a potential for making additional income.

Benefits of running your own business

  • Work when and how you want to on your own terms
  • Follow your passion and use your skills and strengths
  • Play an important and active role in the community
  • Interact with other businesses and customers and community through your work
  • Earn your own money
  • Work within your capabilities

Some businesses you could run from home

  • Making handmade gift, cards and crafts
  • Making food items like biscuits, cakes, and dog treats
  • Mowing lawns and gardening
  • Website building, graphic design, IT support and business services.

Help to set up a microbusiness

You can use NDIS supports to set up and run a business. There are disability organisations that can help you set up your own business.

For more information:

Contact Inclusive Towns

Register your retail business as an accessible business for people with a disability