Job Services Australia (JSA)

Bridging the Gap is a not-for-profit organisation and member of the JobFutures National Employment Network who have been contracted by the Department of Employment (formerly the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) to deliver the Job Services Australia (JSA) contract.  In addition to delivering JSA services, Bridging the Gap also deliver Disability Employment Services (DES) from offices in Rockingham, Mandurah, Spearwood, Wembley, Waroona and Kwinana.

For over 27 years we have been pairing jobseekers with employers and are one of the only JSA providers in Western Australia to be awarded a five-star rating for our services .


How we help Employers

When a vacancy becomes available in your business, it’s important to find the right person for the job as quickly as possible.  Traditional hiring methods can be drawn out and cumbersome, removing you from the important business of running your business;  so let us do the hard work for you!Bridging the Gap offer a no-cost employment solution for businesses of all sizes from Wembley to Pinjarra.  We work closely with employers at a community level to identify immediate employment needs and the skills required within your industry.  We then match these with appropriately trained and work-ready candidates from our extensive employment pool, providing a range of incentives including post-placement support for both the candidate and employer, as well as financial support in the form of wage subsidies and pre-vocational and vocational education and training.

 

How we help the Unemployed

If you have recently registered with Centrelink to receive unemployment benefits, you may have automatically been, or requested to be, assigned to work with us with a goal to returning to full or part-time employment.  

From your first visit to Bridging the Gap, our Employment Advisors are on hand to assess your situation and help develop an Employment Pathway Plan, offering personalised help services including access to a range of free training courses, support with resume writing, information on local employment and work experience opportunities and links to a range of Government initiatives that will support your needs. 

For more information about how you can benefit from working with Bridging the Gap, contact us on (08) 9550 1111 or email mailbox@bridgingthegap.org.au.

 

 


 

Information for Job Seekers and Employers

ELIGIBILITY

There are 2 Job Commitment Bonuses.

Job Commitment Bonus first payment

To qualify for the first Job Commitment Bonus you must:

      • Be aged 18 to 30 and have been receiving Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance as a job seeker, or a combination of both for at least 12 continuous months
      • Commence continuous gainful work for 12 months in Australia starting on or after 1 July 2014
      • Not receive an income support payment during this 12 month period, and
      • Continue to be an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder throughout the period of gainful work 

Job Commitment Bonus second payment

To qualify for the second Job Commitment Bonus you must:

      • have qualified for the first Job Commitment Bonus
      • complete a further 12 months of continuous gainful work in Australia and not receive an income support payment. That’s a total of 24 consecutive months , and
      • continue to be an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder throughout the period of gainful work

Certain Special Category Visa (SCV) holders will be excluded from being able to apply for the Job Commitment Bonus. This means SCV holders will be treated like other New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001. SCV holders will need to be granted a permanent visa in order to access the bonus.

Continuous gainful work definition

Gainful work

Gainful work means working for financial benefit or reward whether as an employee or as a self employed person. Financial benefit or reward includes wages or commissions paid to a person and fees or payments which a self employed person receives from their customers.

Certain types of work will not attract a Job Commitment Bonus. These may include work which:

      • does not involve sufficient financial gain or reward, for example voluntary work or work for less than the Federal Minimum Wage or Award Wage
      • does not involve substantial and consistent personal exertion, for example occasional selling of own goods on eBay or garage sales, or occasional blogging
      • involves domestic or gardening tasks at your home, the home of a family member, your investment property or a family member's investment property
      • involves the care of a family member or your foster child at your or your family's place of residence
      • involves domestic tasks for a family member, your foster child, or another person at your place of residence or a family members place of residence
      • involves the management of financial investments in which you or a family member has an interest
      • involves nudity or is in the sex industry
      • contravenes Commonwealth, state or territory legislation
      • is for the purpose of achieving election of you to public office
      • is undertaken as part of certain Commonwealth funded programmes, for example some participants in the Green Army Programme, and the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme is done for the purpose of an academic, sporting or other scholarship, or
      • involves payment in kind or exchange of services

Continuous work

A period of continuous gainful work will include:

      • taking paid leave, for example entitled paid annual leave or personal leave
      • taking up to 28 days of unpaid leave in the 12 month period and this can be taken as shorter periods of unpaid leave, but will not total more than 28 days in total for the 12 month period
      • undertaking more than 1 job in the 12 month period, either at the same time or one after the other, without any breaks between jobs
      • You cannot be eligible for more than 1 Job Commitment Bonus for the same 12 month period.

Payment Rates

There are 2 Job Commitment Bonus payments you will get if you are eligible.

      • The first bonus is $2,500 for 12 months of continuous gainful work
      • The second bonus is $4,000 for completing a further 12 months. 24 months in total of continuous gainful work

Each bonus will be paid as a single lump sum into the bank account you record in your claim.

For more information and to see if you are eligable please contact your Employment Advisor.

Restart

 

What is the Restart Wage Subsidy

In light of Australia’s ageing population and the need to become a more productive nation, the contribution of older workers is becoming more crucial to the workplace. When older Australians lose their jobs, they remain unemployed for a much longer period than younger job seekers often because they face significant barriers to finding work.
 
How is it paid?
 
Restart will deliver support to employers who employ and retain eligible job seekers who are 50 years of age or older, and who have been unemployed and on income support for six months or more. An employer will receive up to $10 000 (GST inclusive) in assistance for a full-time employee over two years.
 
The Restart wage subsidy is paid in four six-monthly payments:
      • $3000 after 6 months employment;
      • $3000 after 12 months employment;
      • $2000 after 18 months employment; and
      • $2000 after 24 months employment.
 
Who is eligible for Restart

An eligible job seeker is someone who :

      • is 50 years of age or older;
      • has been unemployed for six months or more and has been in receipt of any of the following income support payments for six months or more:
      • Newstart Allowance; Parenting Payment; Disability Support Pension; Bereavement Allowance; Widow Allowance; Carer Payment; Special Benefit; Partner Service Pensioners; War Widows; Age Pension; Mature Age Partner Allowance; Wife Pension; Widows B Pension;
      • does not have any outstanding workers’ compensation claims against the employer; and
      • is not an immediate family member of the employer.

The employment must be a position:

      • that commences on or after 1 July 2014;
      • in which the employee works for a minimum of 15 hours per week;
      • that is a sustainable, ongoing position, where the employer knows of no reasons why the job will not continue indefinitely (the employment should not be expected to end when the wage subsidy ceases);
      • in which the employer is not receiving any other Government wage subsidies, with the exception of a Tasmanian Jobs Programme wage subsidy;
      • that complies with minimum standards for employment as established under relevant Commonwealth, State or Territory law (including any award conditions applicable to the position);
      • that is not a commission-based, self-employment or a subcontracted position;
      • that does not displace an existing employee; and
      • that will not bring the Commonwealth into disrepute.

The employer must:

      • be a legal entity, with an Australian Business Number;
      • not have previously received a Restart wage subsidy in respect of the same job seeker; and
      • not be a Commonwealth or State/Territory government agency.

Information for Employers

Information for job seekers

For more information please contact us and ask to speak to an Employment Advisor.

 

What is the Green Army?

The Green Army is a voluntary programme for 17-24 year olds interested in protecting their local environment. The Green Army provides young people with skills, training and experience to improve their future career prospects while participating in projects that generate real and lasting benefits for the environment

How can I get Involved?

You can apply if you are aged between 17-24 years and an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You may be a school leaver, gap year student, graduate, Indigenous person, an unemployed job seeker and/or a person with a disability. Eligibility requirements relating to age may be extended beyond those listed above in future years.

How do I apply?

To apply you need to ring 9550 1111 and ask for the Green Army Registration Team

What's in it for me?

  • Being part of a Green Army team will provide you with valuable skills, training and experience that will support you in future career prospects.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills.
  • You will be trained in First Aid and Work Health and Safety before starting a project.
  • You will be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help you prepare for the workforce or improve your career opportunities.
  • You will receive an allowance during your placement in the Green Army. The Green Army allowance ranges from $10.14 to $16.45 per hour.
  • You will be contributing to a nationwide effort to clean up Australia’s environment and help your local community.
  • You will be a part of Australia’s largest-ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action in our history.

What will I be doing?

As a Green Army participant you will be involved in a project for up to 30 hours a week for a period of 20-26 weeks and undertake a range of activities which may include:

  • propagating and planting native seedlings
  • weed control
  • re-vegetation and regeneration of local parks
  • habitat protection and restoration
  • improving water quality by cleaning up waterways
  • re-vegetation of sand dunes and mangroves
  • creek bank regeneration
  • foreshore and beach restoration
  • construction of boardwalks and walking tracks to protect local wildlife; and
  • cultural heritage restoration.

Green Army projects will be carried out across urban, regional and remote Australia. The Service Providers will ensure you are provided with transport to and from a nominated pick up point and get you to and from training activities.

You will be provided with appropriate clothing and safety gear during your time on the project including, boots, trousers, hat, gloves, shirts and where necessary wet weather gear and jumpers or jackets for cold climates.

Am I covered for work health and safety?

All participants will be afforded the relevant protections under existing state and territory legislation, any applicable Commonwealth laws and Australian anti-discrimination laws. All parties will hold relevant insurances. The Australian Government has also procured personal accident, public and products liability insurance on behalf of all participants to ensure you receive uniform minimum coverage.

I already get income support. Can I still join?

If you receive an income support payment, participating in the Green Army may affect your payment. If you join the Green Army full-time, your income support payment will be put on hold while you receive a Green Army allowance. For those who have agreements for participating part-time you can elect a pro-rata allowance or retain your income support arrangements.

For more information, visit www.humanservices.gov.au/greenarmy

Want to know more?

For more information contact 9550 1111 and ask to speak to someone about Green Army

PARTICIPATION: 5 days per week – 9 am to 11am, ongoing
DETAILS: Job seekers must have completed an internal course prior to entering job club and must demonstrate job ready status including updated resume, interview techniques and Job Ready Check List completed.

PARTICIPATION: Approx 25 hrs over 1 week - 11.30am – 4.00pm
DETAILS: Intensive training to improve job search skills, expand the job seekers employment related networks, motivate them and provide training in interview techniques, updating resume, preparing job applications, following job leads etc.

PARTICIPATION: 2 week course - 11.30am – 4.00pm
DETAILS: This motivational course is suitable for most long term unemployed persons to help get them back into the work force. It looks at work motivation, career path, achieving employment, identifying the job seekers selling points and life with a job.

PARTICIPATION: 5 half-days or 2.5 full days - 11.30am – 4.00pm
DETAILS: This emotive and explorational course addresses issues of self esteem and building self confidence and is an excellent introduction to changing one's way of thinking about themselves and the world surrounding them.

PARTICIPATION: Monday – Wednesday, 9.30am – 4.00pm
DETAILS: Pathway workshops have been designed for clients identified as having little or no desire or intention to re-enter the workforce. This course will identify barriers and encourage change whilst addressing the basic requirements to commence job-hunting.

PARTICIPATION: 2-3 sessions lasting approx 2-3hours each
AVAILABILITY: Ongoing as required or requested.
DETAILS: Career development programs are available to clients and customers and can be used to help identify areas of interest and skill in order for someone to identify new career pathways or to help plan and prepare entrance to a new field of work.

PARTICIPATION: 1 day course or individual sessions
DETAILS: This course covers addresses a numnber of skillsets for responsible living including Public Transport, Childcare, Housing, Money, Budgeting and Legal Matters.

PARTICIPATION: 4 half days over two weeks - 11.30am – 4.00pm
DETAILS: In roder to complete this certification clients must complete an enrolment form through their BTG youth or employment services advisor and provide a copy of their Healthcare card. Clients under 17 years must provide a valid NOA Form from their school.

 

PARTICIPATION: 6 months, 2-3 days per week
DETAILS: Small Steps is for Early School Leavers who want to bridge the gap to further study or employment. This program focuses on core employability skills needed to progress with your chosen career. Clients complete a Certificate I in Work Preparation with a selected few modules from Certificate II in CALM including on-the-job exposure within our plant nursery at Casuarina - Ngulla Training & Community Centre.

PARTICIPATION: Attend a residential camp at Fairbridge.
DETAILS: Crossing Point is a leadership and skills development camp for youth aged 16-24.

 

More information

For more information contact our Employment Services team on (08) 9550 1111 or email info@bridgingthegap.org.au.

 

Disability Employment Services (DES)

Bridging the Gap recently expanded our range of employment services to include Disability Employment Services (DES).

DES is a national network of organisations funded by the Australian Government to help employers recruit and retain employees with a disability.  Bridging the Gap’s DES team work to assist jobseekers with a disability, injury or health issue to find and retain employment, as well as providing the tools and techniques they might need to manage their disability or injury within a work environment.  DES provides ongoing support in the workplace for as long as required with strong links to training and skills development, particularly within the industries known to experience skills shortages.

What we offer:

  • professional recruitment advice and job matching;
  • help with job design for employees with disability;
  • on-the-job or off-site support to ensure new employees with a disability settle into their job;
  • ongoing support for as long as it is required;
  • training information and access to a wide range of BTG courses; and
  • help for employees whose job may be in jeopardy as a result of their disability.

 

More information

To find out more about DES and how we can help you, contact us on (08) 9550 1111 or email mailbox@bridgingthegap.org.au.

Green Army

What is the Green Army?

The Green Army is a voluntary programme for 17-24 year olds interested in protecting their local environment. The Green Army provides young people with skills, training and experience to improve their future career prospects while participating in projects that generate real and lasting benefits for the environment

How can I get Involved?

You can apply if you are aged between 17-24 years and an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You may be a school leaver, gap year student, graduate, Indigenous person, an unemployed job seeker and/or a person with a disability. Eligibility requirements relating to age may be extended beyond those listed above in future years.

How do I apply?

To apply you need to ring 9550 1111 and ask for the Green Army Registration Team

What's in it for me?

  • Being part of a Green Army team will provide you with valuable skills, training and experience that will support you in future career prospects.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake accredited training such as work readiness, conservation and land management, heritage conservation, project and human resource management and heritage trade skills.
  • You will be trained in First Aid and Work Health and Safety before starting a project.
  • You will be supported to obtain Certificate I or II qualifications or nationally endorsed skills set to help you prepare for the workforce or improve your career opportunities.
  • You will receive an allowance during your placement in the Green Army. The Green Army allowance ranges from $10.14 to $16.45 per hour.
  • You will be contributing to a nationwide effort to clean up Australia’s environment and help your local community.
  • You will be a part of Australia’s largest-ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action in our history.

What will I be doing?

As a Green Army participant you will be involved in a project for up to 30 hours a week for a period of 20-26 weeks and undertake a range of activities which may include:

  • propagating and planting native seedlings
  • weed control
  • re-vegetation and regeneration of local parks
  • habitat protection and restoration
  • improving water quality by cleaning up waterways
  • re-vegetation of sand dunes and mangroves
  • creek bank regeneration
  • foreshore and beach restoration
  • construction of boardwalks and walking tracks to protect local wildlife; and
  • cultural heritage restoration.

Green Army projects will be carried out across urban, regional and remote Australia. The Service Providers will ensure you are provided with transport to and from a nominated pick up point and get you to and from training activities.

You will be provided with appropriate clothing and safety gear during your time on the project including, boots, trousers, hat, gloves, shirts and where necessary wet weather gear and jumpers or jackets for cold climates.

Am I covered for work health and safety?

All participants will be afforded the relevant protections under existing state and territory legislation, any applicable Commonwealth laws and Australian anti-discrimination laws. All parties will hold relevant insurances. The Australian Government has also procured personal accident, public and products liability insurance on behalf of all participants to ensure you receive uniform minimum coverage.

I already get income support. Can I still join?

If you receive an income support payment, participating in the Green Army may affect your payment. If you join the Green Army full-time, your income support payment will be put on hold while you receive a Green Army allowance. For those who have agreements for participating part-time you can elect a pro-rata allowance or retain your income support arrangements.

For more information, visit www.humanservices.gov.au/greenarmy

Want to know more?

For more information contact 9550 1111 and ask to speak to someone about Green Army

Get the Job you Want

Business Ready

Get the job you want!

Our Business Ready packages can help you to get a job, or move into the job you want. Choose your serive: Gold, Silver or Bronze.

To get started, call Bridging the Gap on 9550 1111.

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Wage Subsidies

Wage subsidies are payments made to eligible employers to help cover the costs of paying wages in the first few months of employment of a person with disability or a person experiencing other barriers to employment. They aim to increase the competitiveness of workers, including those with disability

For more information on individual wage subsidies that we can assist with please click on the links below.

Indigenous Wage Subsidy Information

Benefits of Employing People With Disability

Wage Connect Employer Fact Sheet

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Over 50? Restart your Career!

October 2014

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Jean-Pierre Merle had been unemployed for almost a year. At 64 years old, it seemed like nobody wanted his carpentry skills.

He was referred to Bridging the Gap to help him find a job. There he met Julie Shakespeare, an Employment Advisor who specialises in The Australian Government’s Restart programme.

The Restart programme means employers can receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) if they hire and retain a full time job seeker aged 50 or older, who has been unemployed and on income support for six months or more.

Julie consulted Bridging the Gap’s extensive network of employers and found Merlin Cabinets, a small bespoke cabinetry business in Mandurah owned by James Hoolahan.

James said, “It worked out well because I had been looking for someone with extensive carpentry experience. I also wanted someone I knew could hold the fort at the factory while everyone else was out. When Julie told me about the Restart programme, I thought it would be perfect for my business.”

Jean-Pierre started at Merlin Cabinets last week and is loving it so far.

“I enjoy it here. I’ve done all carpentry – when I did my apprenticeship in France I specialised in roofing and joinery, but cabinet-making is the hardest.”

“I’ve been totally happy with Jean-Pierre. He knows his stuff and has even taught me a couple of things” John added.

Bridging the Gap has placed 4 people in jobs as part of the Restart programme in the last two weeks.

Learn more about Restart

A Helping Hand for the Homeless

Partnering with MercyCare to build homes for the homeless.

With youth unemployment nearing 20 per cent and over 13,000 people sleeping rough every night, Bridging the Gap has partnered with MercyCare to deliver an innovative new program that provides young people with access to housing, training and sustainable employment. The Affordable Housing for Life (AHFL) initiative ultimately aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing at-risk youth aged between 16 and 25 years with long term solutions for sustainable employment, training and housing.

Through a number of links with industry bodies and residential construction employers, AHFL facilitates practical and paid on-the-job training linked to real employment opportunities. Bridging the Gap Chief Executive, Colin Kerr, said the program, which commenced in September, will see his staff locate eligible young people to join the program and work together with network partners to respond to the strong correlation between unemployment and homelessness.

“Homelessness can be caused by an isolated event, or a combination of events and they can range from unemployment and low income to a lack of affordable housing or a breakdown in family relationships,” he said. “By providing these young people with job opportunities and access to accredited training we can effectively break the homelessness cycle.”

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