If you are a displaced worker (through retrenchment, redundancy or corporate administration), there are a range of employment programs and training subsidies that can help get you on track for new employment.

Career guidance and support

These resources will help you consider your available options and make informed decisions about your next move.

What's Next

This website can help with support for workers, advice on entitlements and help with your pathway to a new career.

Visit the What's Next website.

Your Career

Not sure what industry or job is for you?

Your Career helps you explore different careers and occupations.

Labour Market Insights

Visit the Labour Market Insights website to learn more about industry profiles, future jobs growth and likely wages.

Retraining or upskilling

Learn more about your eligibility for free or subsidised training and how to find a training course or training provider.

Back to Work

The Back to Work program provides an opportunity for jobseekers and those at risk of unemployment to upskill and retrain for jobs across Queensland. The program is available in regional Queensland and in selected South East Queensland locations. Incentives of up to $20,000 are provided to employers giving them the confidence to hire new staff.

Contact us to discuss your individual skills and find training that is linked to local jobs.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

This successful program helps job seekers gain the skills, qualifications and experience they need to re-enter the workforce or switch to a new career path.

It funds community-based projects that offer support ranging from assistance with job applications through to earning new qualifications as well as traineeships offering hands on experience. It also provides incentives for employers who recruit program participants.

Read more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) recognises the skills and knowledge gained through work and life experiences to reduce the time it takes to get a qualification.

Start a small business

Perhaps this is time to turn your idea into a small business.

Our business readiness health check is a comprehensive way to consider the opportunities and challenges of starting a small business. Read about the key elements of starting a business, including legal and regulatory requirements, resources, business location and start-up costs.

Find out more about starting a business.

Job searching

In addition to searching on job seeking websites, there are a number of support services available to help you gain employment.


Register with Centrelink to see if there is income support or other assistance to help you get a job.

Workforce Australia and Jobsearch

Workforce Australia providers can help with preparing your resume and assisting you to become employment ready. Subsidies and incentives can also apply. In addition, Jobsearch can help you look for your next job.

Disability employment service

Job Access offers specialised support to assist people with disability access assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.

Labour hire

Labour hire companies provide temporary staff to employers across a range of industries.

Visit Labour Hire Licensing Queensland.

Checking your rights and entitlements

The Australian Government's National Employment Standards set out what redundancy pay may apply on employment termination.

Seek advice if you think you have not received the right amount of redundancy pay or you have been unfairly dismissed.

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman can provide advice about eligibility for redundancy and other payments as determined by legislation.

Fair Work Commission

If you lose your job but believe you have been unfairly dismissed by your employer, contact the Fair Work Commission, Australia's national workplace relations tribunal.

Learn more about unfair dismissal from the Fair Work Commission.

Last updated 20 May 2024

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