Time to Work Employment Service

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The Time to Work Employment Service is a national voluntary in-prison employment service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Time to Work Employment Service will assist adult, sentenced 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 Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has contracted providers to deliver the service in 70 non-remote prisons while the servicing of 10 remote prisons is managed by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Services have commenced in all state and territories across Australia. 

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:

  • self-identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • be over 18 years of age, and
  • be sentenced and within three-to-four months of their release from prison.

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