Parents returning to work

CoAct can support you back into work after a job break.

Employment services for parents returning to work

CoAct supports parents returning to work by providing job search support and connecting job seekers to flexible employers.

Returning to work after a break to prioritise raising a family can be as daunting as it is exhilarating. At CoAct, we support parents by helping them build the kind of confidence that can build real careers. We start with you, developing a tailored plan that works in tandem with family commitments, personal requirements and employment goals.  

Jobs for parents near you 

Our friendly, experienced national team will help you look for parent-friendly jobs in your local area, with employers who offer flexible work options.  

We’ve built efficient working relationships with local employers, so we understand their job vacancies and the skills and attributes that would be the best fit. This puts us in the best possible position to help parents comfortably and successfully return to work. 

Support for parents returning to work 

CoAct employment services are carefully tailored to meet and support parents’ individual needs, so they can fully realise their potential. Supports include: 

  • Developing an effective job search 
  • Upskilling and training 
  • Interview prep and mentoring 
  • Post-employment support once an offer has been accepted 

We’ve seen first-hand how much parents can bring to the table in a workplace setting, through the many mums and dads who have found jobs through CoAct’s Disability Employment Services (DES) and Workforce Australia.

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.

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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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