Affected by COVID-19? What to do if you find yourself unemployed.

It’s fair to say, COVID-19 is affecting every aspect of our lives. From our daily routines to employment, the unfortunate reality is many people will be impacted by businesses closing and social distancing restrictions being enforced across Australia.

In fact, it’s predicted Australia will hit an all-time-high of 10% national unemployment (Source the Guardian) by June 2020, which means you might find yourself facing Centrelink for the first time. Facing these unknown situations can leave you feeling stressed, sad or lonely. These feelings are completely valid and it’s okay to ask for help. Below are numbers of some organisations who are ready to talk and help you if needed.

If you do find yourself unemployed, here are some simple steps on what to do:

Firstly, it’s essential you register with Centrelink. It’s likely you will have an existing account if you have received payments from the government before, including when you were a student. If you can’t find your details (CRN) you can call Centrelink on 132 307.

The government is encouraging everyone to register online or over the phone rather than going into offices to enforce social distancing rules and keep workers safe.

The next step is to link your Centrelink account to your MyGov account.

Finally, if you’re eligible, Centrelink will refer you to a jobactive provider such as WISE Employment. You can ask Centrelink to specifically refer you to us if you’re near a WISE Office.

However, if you have a diagnosed disability, injury or health condition (including mental illness), you could be eligible for Disability Employment Services (DES). This means the only prerequisite from Centrelink, in most cases, is to obtain an ESAt (Employment Services Assessment) to verify your condition which will determine your eligibility for Disability Employment Services.

If you qualify for the above, you can register to be a WISE Employment job seeker online here. Or you can contact your local WISE office to chat to one of our team for more information on your eligibility for our services.

When registered at WISE, we offer employment support to help you find and maintain employment with inclusive employers. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Preparing a Resume and Cover Letter
  • Assisting with interview preparation
  • Work place assessments to ensure the environment is correct for the job seeker
  • Access to courses or classes to up-skill
  • Mental health support
  • Ongoing support to WISE clients who have started work

If you would like to find out more, have a look at some of our recent job seeker success stories.

Or contact your local WISE office here.

We’re ready to chat.

Need someone to reach out to? The following places are ready and willing to listen.



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