Disability Employment Services.

The Disability Trust helps Southern Cross Housing empower employment in Shoalhaven

In a groundbreaking initiative, Southern Cross Housing and The Disability Trust have joined forces to launch an innovative pilot program aimed at empowering people with disability to achieve sustainable employment.

This collaborative effort is supported by the Federal Government-funded Workskills and Workability programs and marks a significant step towards inclusive growth and community development in the Shoalhaven.

The pilot program is designed to actively provide eligible Southern Cross Housing (SCH) tenants with the tools and support to enter the workforce with confidence.

The Disability Trust will work directly with local employers to carve out roles that match the job seekers’ strengths and offer long-term career prospects.

This initiative aims to:

  • Build employer-employee relationships to foster successful employment.
  • Provide key employment skills such as resume building, interview preparation and direct employer negotiations.
  • Offer workspace access for job searching and online applications.
  • Enhance digital literacy through training in computers, smartphones and essential software, increasing employability and self-sufficiency in navigating government services.
  • Support current employees with disability facing job loss due to disability-related challenges.


Free Employability Workshops will be held online and in-person at Nowra in May for SCH tenants with a disability.

With 788 SCH tenants currently receiving the Disability Support Pension and more than 1000 residents living with disability, this initiative has the potential to transform lives and strengthen the community.

Shane Meijer, NSW Housing Manager said: “We are proud to be working on this project with The Disability Trust and are looking forward to the positive changes this project could result in as we work together to integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce, fostering a more inclusive and prosperous society.”

To register to attend a free Employment Information Session, visit scch.org.au or scan the QR code in the poster below.

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