Time to Work Employment Service


The Time to Work Employment Service is a new national in-prison employment service targeted at adult sentenced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.

The Time to Work Employment Service will assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners to access the support they need to better prepare them to find employment and reintegrate into the community upon their release from prison.

The Department of Jobs and Small Business has contracted providers to deliver the service in 69 non-remote prisons while the servicing of remote prisons is managed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Services have commenced in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The remaining states and the Northern Territory are expected to commence shortly.

What services are available?

As part of the service, participants will receive:

  • a comprehensive assessment of their employment barriers
  • assistance to develop a detailed transition plan, and
  • a facilitated transfer from their in-prison service provider to their post-release employment service provider.

Who is eligible?

To participate in the Time to Work Employment Service, a prisoner must be:

  • a self-identifying Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • over 18 years of age, and
  • sentenced and within three months of their release from prison.

Participation is voluntary.

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