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Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Autism

Introduction

Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently, often enhancing specific skills and abilities. April, recognised as Autism Awareness Month, is an opportune time to discuss the unique skill sets of individuals with autism and the benefits they bring to the workplace.  To gain a deeper understanding of Autism and available supports click here

Unique Skill Sets

People with autism often possess unique skills that can be highly beneficial in various job roles. These may include:

  • Attention to Detail: Many individuals with autism excel in tasks requiring precision and meticulousness.
  • Strong Memory: They often have an exceptional ability to recall facts and details.
  • Systematic Thinking: Their ability to understand systems and patterns can be advantageous in fields like IT and data analysis.

Benefits of Employing Individuals with Autism

Employing individuals with autism is not just about providing opportunities; it also brings tangible benefits to businesses:

  • Diversity and Inclusion: It fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Unique Perspectives: It brings unique perspectives that can lead to innovative solutions.
  • Reliability: Individuals with autism are often highly reliable and punctual.

Support for Individuals with Autism

Various supports are available to assist individuals with autism in the workplace:

  • Job Coaches: They provide one-on-one training and support in the workplace.
  • Supported Employment Programs: These programs offer assistance with job searches and interviews.
  • Workplace Adjustments: Employers can adjust the work environment to help autistic individuals achieve their potential.

TURSA: Championing Employment for Individuals with Autism

TURSA, as a Job Services Provider, successfully supports employment for people living with autism. TURSA understands the unique challenges and strengths of individuals with autism and works closely with them to find suitable employment opportunities. TURSA also works closely with other community organisations, employers, and participants to ensure they have the tools, support, and modifications needed to achieve their goals.

Hiring Autistic Individuals: A Guide for Employers

So, you’ve read a little about the facts and benefits of hiring autistic people. Let’s delve into the practical steps to make this process successful. Whether your candidates are neurodiverse or not, setting them up for success is crucial.

Key Considerations

When hiring autistic or neurodiverse candidates, keep the following points in mind:

  1. Rethink the Interview Process: There may be better approaches than traditional interviews. Instead, focus on observing and assessing candidates based on their abilities within your organization or team. Look beyond scripted answers and consider their practical skills and potential contributions.
  2. Holistic People Processes: Consider the entire employee lifecycle, from hiring to onboarding. Ensure that your processes are inclusive and supportive. This includes adapting your career progression paths to accommodate diverse talents and strengths.
  3. Cultivate an Inclusive Culture:
    • Respect Differences: Embrace diversity by acknowledging and respecting individual differences. Autistic individuals bring unique perspectives and skills to the table.
    • Mentorship: Provide mentorship programs to support neurodivergent thinkers. Mentorship goes beyond career planning—it helps navigate workplace nuances and fosters a sense of belonging.  Speak with your Job Service Provide for more information.
    • Beyond Acceptance: Aim for more than mere acceptance. Create an environment where everyone feels they truly belong.

By implementing these strategies, you can contribute to a more inclusive workforce and provide equal opportunities for autistic individuals. Let’s work together to create a workplace where everyone thrives! 

Remember, every workplace can make a difference by adopting these changes, many of which are low-cost or cost-free1. Let’s empower autistic individuals and celebrate their unique abilities! 

Employing individuals with autism is a win-win situation. It provides opportunities for a marginalised group while bringing unique skills and perspectives to the workplace. With the proper support and understanding, individuals living with autism can thrive in the workplace.

A Story of Growth, Goals, and Dancing Dreams

Stephanie’s Journey: 

Stephanie, a young woman with a passion for dance and a goal to work in the dance industry, embarked on a journey to find her work goals and build her skills. With the support of Skye from TURSA and Amelia from Better Together, Stephanie has been making significant strides towards her goals.

Stephanie, TURSA DES participant, Skye from TURSA and Amelia from Better Together talking about making a difference together

 A Supportive Network

Skye, an Employment Advocate from TURSA, identified Stephanie’s need for a more foundational approach to her career development. Recognising that Stephanie needed more than just a job placement, Skye sought a program that would provide her with the necessary skills and support. This led her to Amelia and the Better Together program.

Amelia, the project coordinator at Better Together, welcomed Stephanie into their Certificate II in Hospitality and Tourism program. Better Together, a disability support provider and community service organization, has been operating for over 15 years. Their focus is on training and upskilling individuals who might be underemployed and underskilled.

The Journey Begins

Stephanie’s journey with the Better Together program has been transformative. The program provides a dynamic learning environment where learners of all capacities can thrive. Stephanie has been diligently working on her coursework, with Skye and Amelia providing constant support.

The program also includes excursion days, where participants visit local hospitality venues. These experiences expose Stephanie to actual workplaces, giving her a taste of what her future career could look like.

Dancing Towards Her Dreams

One of Stephanie’s most notable qualities is her love for dance. She dances on the course and dreams of working in a dance studio. Despite some physical limitations, Stephanie’s passion for dance remains undeterred. Her ultimate goal is to save up enough money from her future job to fly to Canada and experience the snow with her friend.

A Mother’s Pride

Stephanie’s progress has not gone unnoticed. Her mother has seen a significant change in her attitude at home. Stephanie’s commitment to attending the program every day and staying back late to catch up on assessments has made her mother incredibly proud.

The Importance of Collaboration

Stephanie’s journey highlights the importance of providing a wrap-around service where organizations work together in the common interest of supporting their participants. Both TURSA and Better Together have demonstrated the power of collaboration in helping Stephanie move closer to her goals.

In conclusion, Stephanie’s journey is a testament to the power of supportive networks, the importance of foundational skills-building, and the transformative potential of pursuing one’s passions. As she continues to dance towards her dreams, Stephanie serves as an inspiration to all those embarking on their own journeys towards their work goals.

TURSA IS HERE TO HELP

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From Isolation to Independence:

 Kristen’s Journey with TURSA

Kristen wasn’t looking for a handout. As a single parent of two, she’d always been fiercely independent. But life had thrown her some curveballs. Raising a child with special needs while battling epilepsy herself left her feeling isolated and struggling to find employment. The stigma surrounding her condition made things even harder. “It felt like I was falling into a dark hole,” she remembers.

A glimmer of hope arrived through Tursa employment and training organisation. Reaching out for help was a big step, but TURSA met her with compassion, not judgement. “They didn’t see me as another statistic but as a person with potential,” Kristen says.

With TURSA’s support, Kristen began to rebuild her confidence. They connected her with counselling services, helped her navigate job interviews, and offered practical assistance. Slowly but surely, she started to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Then came a life-changing moment. TURSA’s employment Adviser, Shayne, saw an opportunity at a local store and introduced Kristen to the manager. The interview went well, and soon, Kristen was starting a new chapter as a sales assistant. “The steady income brought much-needed stability. I no longer worry about putting food on the table,” she says with relief.

But the benefits went beyond finances. The job gave Kristen a sense of purpose again. “I can provide for myself and my children,” she shares, a newfound pride in her voice. “Knowing I have a safety net in emergencies is incredibly empowering.”

Kristen realised she wasn’t alone

Perhaps most importantly, TURSA helped Kristen realize she wasn’t alone. They were a supportive network, rooting for her success. “There are people who genuinely care about my well-being,” she says, her voice filled with gratitude.

Find your inspiration

Kristen’s story is an inspiration to anyone facing similar challenges. It’s a reminder that hope and support are available. Just like TURSA helped Kristen, They are ready and willing to guide you toward achieving your goals. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You deserve a chance to shine.

CHS Training: Empowering the Community Through Collaboration to provide Training Support and Employment

Interview with Darren from CHS Training

About CHS Training

CHS Training, located next to the railway station in South Grafton, has been serving the community for close to 18 years. Initially focused on hospitality services, we’ve expanded into various areas, including RSA, RCG, Whitecard, Individual Support, construction, and traffic control training. We emphasize delivering face-to-face training that aligns with community needs and yields the best outcomes for our participants.

Collaboration with Community Organisations

Collaboration is vital in ensuring participants receive the support they need to succeed. Over the years, we’ve developed strong partnerships with organisations like TURSA. By understanding participants’ unique challenges, we can tailor our training to meet their requirements effectively. Our trainers are adept at contextualising the training to suit the individual, ensuring a personalised approach that maximises success.

A great example this is Suzanne who came to us through TURSA and is now successfully employed at Wesley Mission and loving her new role.

Impact of Collaboration

We’ve had participants who have faced significant barriers to employment, whether it’s lack of experience or other personal challenges. Through our collaboration with organisations like TURSA, we’ve provided training, ongoing support, and guidance. This holistic approach has enabled participants to gain confidence, acquire new skills, and secure employment opportunities. Seeing individuals overcome obstacles and thrive in their chosen fields is incredibly rewarding.

Our Goal

At CHS Training, we aim to empower individuals to reach their full potential. Whether through RSA certification, Whitecard training, or any other course, we strive to equip participants with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in their chosen careers. By collaborating with organisations like TURSA and companies like Wesley Mission, we can ensure that everyone receives the support they require to achieve their goals and contribute positively to the community.

WORKING TOGETHER WE CREATE GREAT OUTCOMES!

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Australia provides various support services for individuals with disabilities, encompassing physical, financial, and mental health support. These services aim to enhance the quality of life, independence, and inclusion of people with disabilities. Here are some essential support services available in Australia:

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Capital Supports include higher-cost pieces of assistive technology, equipment and home or vehicle modifications, and funding for one-off purchases you may need (including Specialist Disability Accommodation).
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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS):

  • The NDIS is a significant initiative in Australia that provides financial support and assistance to individuals with disabilities. It covers various services such as assistive technology, personal care, therapy, and community participation.

Disability Support Pension (DSP):

  • The DSP is a financial assistance program administered by Centrelink. It provides income support to individuals with a severe disability who cannot work or participate in substantial employment.

Assistive Technology and Equipment Programs:

  • Various programs and organisations offer assistance in acquiring assistive technology and equipment to improve the independence and mobility of individuals with physical disabilities. Find our more about Assistive Technology with the NDIS here or, google your local providers e.g. Assistive technology suppliers Tweed Heads

Personal Care and Support Services:

  • Personal care services, including in-home care and support workers, are available to help individuals with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing, and meal preparation. More information here.
There are various personal care and support services available google in your local area.

Carer Support Programs:

  • Carers play a crucial role in supporting individuals with disabilities. Various programs support carers, including respite care, counselling, and educational resources. Information on Carer Support Here.

Accessible Housing Programs:

  • Government and community organisations work to improve access to suitable housing for people with disabilities, ensuring that homes are adapted to accommodate various physical needs. More information here.
Transport Disability Support Services

Transportation Assistance:

  • Specialised transportation services are available to assist individuals with disabilities in travelling to medical appointments, work, or social activities.
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Advocacy and Information Services:

  • Advocacy groups and information services guide and support individuals with disabilities and their families, helping them understand their rights, access services, and navigate the system.
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Employment Support Programs:

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Education and Training Programs:

  • Various educational institutions and organisations offer programs tailored to individuals with disabilities, promoting skill development, inclusive education, and lifelong learning opportunities. TURSA is a Registered Training Organisation that focuses on providing the upskilling needed to meet specific job requirements.
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Therapeutic Services:

  • Physical and occupational therapy and speech therapy are available to individuals with disabilities to enhance their physical and communication abilities.  Google the nearest provider in your area for support.

It’s important to note that the availability and structure of support services may vary between states and territories. Additionally, eligibility criteria and application processes may differ for different programs. Individuals and their families are encouraged to contact relevant government agencies and disability service providers for detailed information and guidance tailored to their needs and circumstances.

Job Search with Confidence

Tursa Employment and Training Can Help You Overcome Any Barrier to Employment
  1. Are you seeking a job that suits your skills, interests, and goals?
  2. Do you face any barriers or challenges that make your job search more difficult?
  3. Do you want to work with an employment provider that cares about you and your career development?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you must contact Tursa Employment and Training today. TURSA is not just another job agency. They are your allies in finding your ideal job and overcoming any obstacles along the way + they are a FREE service.

TURSA has over 27 years of experience in delivering employment services to people from different backgrounds, including people with disabilities, young people, mature-age workers, and Indigenous Australians. They understand each individual’s unique needs and preferences and provide personalised support and guidance.

Here are some of the benefits of having TURSA assist:

  • You will have access to a wide range of job vacancies in your local area and online resources and tools to help you with your job search.
  • You will receive assistance in finding, securing, and maintaining employment and accessing skills training and education.
  • Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for various incentives and subsidies, such as wage subsidies, work ready assistance, and work trial programs.
  • You will be part of a community that values diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility. TURSA has strong connections with local employers, organisations, and support services that can help you with personal and professional development.
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Regardless of your barrier, TURSA can help you find a solution. TURSA can provide the support and resources you need to overcome them.


Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing your opportunity to work. Contact Tursa Employment and Training today and discover how they can help you find your next job. Visit their website or call them on 1800 670 914. Your future starts with TURSA.

TURSA Employment & Training Participant Amy Jarrett, Nominated for Regional Award and Inspires Others

Chris from TURSA and Amy a TURSA participant. Talk Face and Focus

Finding Her Focus 

In a heartwarming success story, Amy Jarrett, a TURSA Employment & Training participant, has overcome significant obstacles and turned her life around to achieve remarkable success. Amy, a single mother of three children, sat down for an interview to share her journey and challenges before seeking assistance from TURSA.

Several years ago, Amy battled addiction, which consumed most of her life, making it extremely difficult to hold down a job or accomplish her goals. However, a life-changing moment occurred when she found strength in her faith. With newfound determination, Amy embarked on her path to recovery and self-improvement.

Chris and Amy share their job of the success achieved.

Being Open to Support

When Amy came to TURSA, she candidly shared her struggles and past experiences with addiction. The organization, known for its supportive and non-judgmental approach, embraced Amy’s openness and provided her with the necessary resources to facilitate her journey towards employment.


The process began with a face-to-face interview where Amy discussed her credentials, past experiences, and aspirations for the future. TURSA’s team recognized her potential and helped her explore new career opportunities beyond the cleaning jobs she had done in the past. Additionally, they offered training options tailored to her needs, building her confidence and competence for the job market.

A Pivotal Moment

One of the pivotal moments in Amy’s journey was the assistance she received from her training company, NVC (Nambucca Valley College). Amy completed her Certificate III in Individual Support and then secured employment with Nambucca Valley Care working with aged care and over 50’s village residents.

 Achieved an Award

NVC nominated her for the prestigious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year award, recognizing her outstanding achievements and perseverance. Amy’s dedication and hard work paid off when she won the regional award, an achievement celebrated by her entire support network at TURSA.

Amy winning award

Amy Won Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year Award!

Amy’s triumph didn’t stop there. Amy has moved on to a new role at Community Gateway and, as a regional winner, now has the opportunity to compete in the state round of the awards. Amy will face a panel of judges to deliver a 10-minute presentation on her life, motivations, and journey into her chosen industry. If successful, Amy will also become an ambassador for vet training, inspiring and mentoring high school students.

Amy Jarrett Award

Speaking of Amy’s progress, Chris, a member of the TURSA team, expressed immense pride in her achievements. Chris has been working with Amy since her journey began at TURSA. She witnessed Amy’s determination to succeed, dedication to completing her course and securing a job. Despite facing housing instability at one point, Amy remained resilient, and her perseverance was rewarded with a brand-new home to rent.

Chris from TURSA

Amy's story is a potent reminder that one can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges with the proper support, determination, and faith. TURSA Employment & Training continues to be a beacon of hope for individuals like Amy, providing them with the resources and guidance they need to rebuild their lives and pursue their dreams. As Amy moves forward to the state round of the awards, the entire community stands behind her, cheering for her success and inspired by her strength. Amy's journey is a testament to the positive impact that organisations like TURSA can have on individuals' lives and the importance of providing support and understanding to those seeking a second chance.

Kathy Port Macquarie with advice to step into TURSA, they'll find you a job, have the right programs to match individual needs

Tursa Employment & Training in partnership with Many Rivers Regional Housing in Port Macquarie has recently helped Kathy secure employment as a finance officer. It’s a role she never expected to have, but she’s enjoying the challenge and feeling confident in her abilities. However, it wasn’t an easy journey for Kathy to get to this point. She had been unemployed since 2011, taking time off work to care for her son and then transitioning into community work for 10 years. When her husband’s health issues required her to return to the workforce, Kathy struggled to find employment in a culturally supportive environment.

Despite facing challenges, Kathy persevered and found support through Leslie Williams  who helped continue the work Kathy had started and, with TURSA. This was a major turning point for her, as she was able to work with a group that understood her cultural background and found an organisation as well that supported her efforts to revive the language and cultural practices of the Aboriginal community in the area.

Kathy credits TURSA with being instrumental in her success, providing the cultural support she needed and helping her secure a position that aligns with her skills and interests. She encourages others facing similar challenges to seek out resources and support to help them achieve their goals.

Overall, Kathy’s journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of having a supportive community. Her story serves as an inspiration to anyone struggling to find employment and highlights the critical role that organizations like TURSA play in helping individuals overcome barriers and achieve their dreams.

Taree, New South Wales offers a variety of attractions and highlights for visitors. Some of the must-see sights and experiences in Taree include:

  1. Manning River: This beautiful river winds through Taree and is perfect for fishing, boating, and other water-based activities.
  2. Wingham Brush Nature Reserve: This protected area is home to various wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, and bird species. Visitors can take a guided walk and learn about the local flora and fauna.
  3. Taree Art Society Gallery: This gallery showcases the work of local artists and is a great place to learn about the area’s artistic heritage.
  4. Rainbow Beach: This stunning beach is just a short drive from Taree and is a great place to relax and soak up the sun.
  5. Tinonee Heritage Museum: This museum showcases the history of Taree and the surrounding area, including Indigenous and colonial history.
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