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Need support for your job? There are a few options that you can explore and apply for:

  • Your rights at work
  • Fair Pay
  • SensWide Employment
  • Sign For Work
  • Deaf Professional Network
  • Deafness Foundation
  • JobAccess (EAF)
  • Career Counselling
  • Professional Mentors

Fair Pay

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website has some resources specifically for young workers and students, including videos with captions:

Young workers and Students

Skills and Jobs Centres

Fair Work Ombudsman can also help you find out if you are paid fairly. You can look under Pay Calculator and Minimum Wages to find out about your wage. There are also captioned videos on the website.

Deaf Job Support Organisations

 SensWide Employment Logo

SensWide Employment is a job support agency supporting Deaf, hard of hearing and people with both disability and Gender and Sexually Diverse (includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, same-sex attracted and questioning people). SensWide Employment has six offices around Melbourne and is  a service under Vicdeaf.

SensWide Employment can offer support to people finding a job such as:

  • Assistance with joining the program
  • Career counselling
  • Skills gap identification
  • Training options
  • Referrals to audiology and hearing loss management services
  • Job search technique training
  • Preparing a professional resume
  • Marketing your skills to employers
  • Job interview practice and support
  • Interpreter support
  • Referrals to other support agencies

SensWide Employment can also offer support to people who are working such as:

  • Providing access to the Employment Assistance fund
  • Workplace modifications ( e.g. flashing alarms, TTYs etc)
  • Disability Awareness Training
  • Auslan interpreters
  • Workplace assessments
  • Ongoing support as required

Go to SensWide Employment website for more information: www.senswide.com.au

Sign For Work logo

SensWide Employment is a job support agency supporting Deaf and hard of hearing people across Australia. In Victoria, Sign For Work has two offices. Sign For Work is under the service of Deaf Children Australia.

Sign For Work can offer:

  • Assistance with job coaching in preparing a résumé, application letter and interview skills
  • Find you work and provide you advice on the best ways to look for work
  • Access to an Auslan innterpreter if you need one
  • We provide access to job searching facilities on site and help with using our facilities, including phone, fax, TTY, computer, internet and newspapers
  • Employer Relation Consultants who will reverse market you to potential employers

Sign For Work can also support people who have anxiety and depression as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

Go to Sign For Work website for more information: www.signforwork.org.au

Deaf Professional Network

DPN logo

The Deaf Professionals Network (DPN) is open to Deaf and hard of hearing people with an interest in career, leadership, life development and further studies in Victoria. Vicdeaf runs DPN. You may want to think about getting involved in the Deaf Professionals Network when you are studying to learn from your peers or to find a mentor.

Click here for more information about DPN.

Click here for past DPN events.

Deafness Foundation

Deafness Foundation

If you or your organisation is running a project to support deaf and hard of hearing community through research, prevention, education, early detection or technology, Deafness Foundation invites you to apply for a Financial Grant.

Click here to for more information and to apply.


JobAccess is a free information and advice service from the Australian Government about the employment of people with disability. JobAccess helps people with disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions. You can find useful information about reasonable adjustments, disclosure of disability, disability employment case studies, tools and checklists. Click here to go to the website.

One example of assistance is the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF). EAF is $6000 every year to cover any additional costs to provide you equal access to your workplace. EAF provides funds to cover:

  • Provide Auslan interpreters for your job interviews
  • Modifications in the workplace
    – Auslan interpreters and/or live captioning for team meetings, conferences, video calls, training or professional development
    – Cover the cost of CapTel (Captioned Telephone for $55 per year)
    – Hearing loops/FM system/Microphone
    – Deaf Smoke Alarm
    – iPad in some situations

Click here to see a video of how EAF can help you in the workplace. Auslan and captions are available on this video. To see more Auslan and captioned videos about EAF, click here.

Career Counselling

Some courses, like medicine or hospitality, have clear career pathways. Other career pathways aren’t so clear. Career counselling can help you decide where you would like to work and how to get there.

Most schools, training providers and universities can offer some career advice and information. Here are some links to Career Counselling outside of your school or educational institution:

CEAV – Career Counselling Australia

Youth Central – Career Counselling

Youth Central – Planning Your Career

Professional Mentoring

Professional mentoring can also help you to decide what jobs to apply for or how to improve your skills. You can have different mentors throughout your working life. Click here to connect with one of our deaf mentors at deafConnectEd.

deafConnectEd interviewed with Rebecca Adam to talk about the value of a professional mentor to help her improve her work skills. The video is in Auslan and has captions. 

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