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Jobs Program

Access Guides offers a limited number of jobs and other supports for young people with an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment who have completed school.  

There is no cost to the program.

Employment and Supported Work Placement:

Up to three years in duration, the Jobs Program combines structured training with paid employment or supported work placements. Opportunities include:


  • tour safety & preparation

  • learning and relaying site information

  • guiding walks or drives

  • preparing small to large scale picnic events

  • barista / serving coffee and tea

  • customer service

  • conservation projects 

  • citizen science projects

  • horse care and disability horse riding guidance

  • gardening and landscaping

  • commercial catering and kitchen operations

All work is supervised and supported.  

Program Schedule:

Jobs Program participants spend 3 days per week in the program. 

This involves 2 days training each week and 1 day employment or supported placement each week. 

The training component of the program runs throughout the year.

Work and placement schedules typically follow school terms.

Employment and Financial Assistance:

Roles in tour guiding, ecotourism, conservation and citizen science projects are directly employed with Access Guides under the Award MA000080 (up to $25.08 per hour plus super).

Those wishing to pursue roles with Access Guides partners may seek financial and other supports.

Training Locations:

Geelong: Cloverdale Community Centre, 167 Purnell Road, Corio

Ballarat:  Ballarat Business Centre, Dawson St, Ballarat​

Work locations:

Geelong: Eastern Park Precinct | Cloverdale Community Kitchen | Partner Locations

Ballarat: Lake Wendouree | Botanic Gardens | Conservation Project Locations

Partner Locations:

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 410 Surf Coast Hwy, Grovedale

Starstruck Stables Equestrian, 420 Wallington Rd, Wallington

Cloverdale Community Kitchen, 167 Purnell Rd, Corio

National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool St, Geelong

Key Dates:

Geelong Jobs Program applications for 2021 are now open. 

Ballarat Jobs Program applications are open for 2022.  

Next Step:

Interested applicants and their families are encouraged to submit an application or contact us for more information.  We are happy to answer your questions over the phone or arrange a consultation. 

School information sessions are available at no charge.

Call (03) 5261 4172

Jobs Program Application