Culturally and linguistically diverse

We can connect you with the skills and training you need to find secure employment within Australia.

Employment services for culturally and linguistically diverse job seekers

CoAct recognises the challenges people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) can face and is committed to supporting you in all areas of your job search.

We connect job seekers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities with the skills and training needed to find secure employment. Culturally and linguistically diverse (aka CALD) refers to people from other countries and ethnic and cultural groups. This includes people of non–English speaking backgrounds, and people born outside Australia, even if their first language is English. 

We believe in the power of a workforce that embraces people with diverse backgrounds, histories, and past experiences, and CoAct’s Disability Employment Services (DES), Workforce Australia, and Workforce Australia – Transition to Work programs provide our customers with specialist support that’s actively helping them find work. 

Disability Employment Services (DES) for culturally and linguistically diverse communities

If you are eligible for DES, register with CoAct and we can support you with:
  • Building confidence and motivation to start (or continue) with your job search
  • Getting the training and qualifications you need
  • Helping connect you with local employers who understand your needs
  • Helping you to find and apply for jobs in your local community.

Our employment services

Our team of employment specialists can help you find work, training, education or other support that suits your individual needs.

Am I eligible for Employment Services?

Each of our programs has different eligibility criteria.

You may be eligible for Disability Employment Services (DES) if you are:

  • living with a disability, mental health condition, treated illness or injury that makes it difficult to find and keep a job. 
  • an Australian citizen or hold a permanent resident, or on a Temporary Protection, Special Category or Safe Haven Visa.
  • aged between 14 and 67.
  • able to work at least 8 hours per week and no more than 30. 
  • are receiving an income support payment.

You may be eligible for personalised support via Workforce Australia if you are:

  • currently unemployed.
  • someone who will benefit from more intensive assistance.
  • on income support with mutual obligation requirements.

Get started with CoAct

Step 1
Complete our easy form or call 1800 226 228 and we’ll get back to you within 24 hrs.
Step 2
Meet with our team. We’ll unpack your goals, skills and health condition, and identify the support you need.
Step 3
We’re with you every step of your journey to work, building your skills and confidence to find the right job for you.
Step 4
Our team will provide ongoing support once you are in work.

Empowering culturally & linguistically diverse communities

People living in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities across Australia face many hurdles in their search for work. From a lack of recognition of previous skills and qualifications through to cultural differences and language barriers, people living within CALD communities encounter unique challenges when it comes to finding employment.

At CoAct, we recognise the challenges you may face and are committed to supporting you through all areas of your job search. We can connect you with the skills and training you need to find secure employment within Australia.

Connecting diverse communities to employment opportunities

CoAct and our network of service partners believe that the ability to secure long-term employment is the foundation for the success of CALD communities.

Inclusion matters, and long-term employment allows CALD individuals to:

  • Gain financial independence
  • Build confidence and self-esteem, and
  • Foster a vital sense of belonging.

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Find your local provider

Our local job experts are ready to help you find employment that suits your needs.

Register your interest

Need help to find and keep a job? Call us on 1800 226 228 or complete our form and we’ll get back to you within the next 24 hours.

Are you an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a Temporary Protection, Special Category or Safe Haven Visa?

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CoAct acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay our respects to the peoples, the Cultures and the Elders past, present and emerging.

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