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Employment Services

As a Member of the CoAct National Network, Open Minds is a Mental Health Specialist delivering the Disability Employment Service in 12 locations across Brisbane. We work closely with our local community partners and employers to build lasting relationships and fruitful opportunities for our job seekers. Open Minds specialises in providing a tailored holistic service offering individual support to our jobseekers, ranging from career planning, resume and interview preparation, to on-the-job support. So, whether you are recovering from an injury, have a disability or illness, Open Minds can support your employment needs. 

Open Minds acknowledges the Department of Social Services as CoAct funding partner for the employment service agreement.

To contact our Employment Services team, email us at

Jobs in Jeopardy Program

Struggling at work or have an employee that is struggling and could be a risk of losing their job? Open Minds' Jobs in Jeopardy provides tailored individual support to employers and employees. Open Minds will provide on-the-job support and assistance as well as working with auxiliary services including allied health if necessary to enable the participant to maintain employment. To contact our Employment Services team, email us at

I’m a Job Seeker

Are you eligible to join our programs? Open Minds can help if:
  • You require support to obtain or maintain employment
  • You are able to work eight hours or more per week
  • You have a disability, mental illness or injury
  • You are eligible through Centrelink to access a Disability Employment Agency

We Provide Programs to Assist You

Open Minds offers a suite of supports to enhance the employability skills of people with a disability, illness or injury. With employment as the best intervention, our supports are tailored to help job seekers transition into work and to provide vital support and skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Finding work can be difficult, and at Open Minds we specialise in providing guidance and support to customers with a disability, mental health illness or an injury. We listen closely to your interests, skills, access to transport, hours of availability and what type of environment you would like to work in to help you identify the best employment opportunities – for you. 

We can help to:

  • Identify suitable career options
  • Develop or update your resume and cover letters
  • Assist you with application letters and address selection criteria
  • Improve your likelihood of securing a role with providing training for interview techniques
  • Support you with advertised and unadvertised positions
  • Work with our local employers to source suitable job options
  • Market your skills and abilities to potential employers
  • Provide intervention and support solutions to find and maintain employment
  • Access to skills training
  • Locate suitable traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Identify volunteer work and work experience prospects that help build your skills, confidence and experience
  • Access workplace modifications where required
  • Maintain employment through on-the-job training and in work support
  • Help resolve conflicts or issues whilst at work

Open Minds Supported School Based Traineeships

We are passionate advocates for social inclusion and the wellbeing of our youth.

Open Minds provides Supported School Based Traineeships for year 10, 11 & 12 students with a disability. Transitioning from school to employment is especially difficult for students and we partner with the school, parents and employers to ensure that students are well supported and advocated for throughout this journey. Our goal is to transition each and every student in our program into their first job.

What is a Supported School Based Traineeship?

A Supported School Based Traineeship is a collaboration of partners where the key objective is to support the student to gain and complete a school based traineeship, followed by sustainable ongoing employment post high school that will lead to a career empowering them with self esteem, self sufficiency, and the ability to become an adult that contributes  to society.  

In addition, students will gain a nationally recognised qualification, paid employment, relevant workplace experience and mentoring and support throughout their journey.


  • Paid Employment
  •  Nationally recognised qualification that counts towards Queensland Certificate of Education (6-8 QCE Points)
  • Relevant workplace and industry experience
  • On-the-job support workers where required
  • Mentoring and emotional support
  • Life skills training – budgeting/personal care/social skills
  • Face to face training 
  • Community engagement and social inclusion
  • Workforce engagement
  • Referral to relevant community services
  • Disability Employment Services support
  • Funding support to ensure students are equipped to work

Open Minds work in partnership with Coact, a national network of locally-embedded community service providers, working together to create social and economic opportunities for Australia’s disadvantaged. Learn more about Coact here

Employment Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Open Minds finds that most individuals have similar questions when first accessing our Employment Service. Below we try to answer some of your questions for you. Should you have any further queries, please call us on 07 3896 4222 or email us at

  • Can I bring someone to my appointment?

    You can bring a friend, family member or advocate to any of your appointments at Open Minds Employment Service. Just let us know who you will be bringing when scheduling your appointment.

  • How do I know if I am eligible?
    We can help if you:
    • require support to obtain or maintain employment;
    • are able to work eight hours or more per week;
    • have a disability;
    • AND
    • are eligible through Centrelink to access a Disability Employment Agency.
  • How long will it take to get me a job?

    This will depend on a number of factors, such as what skills and experience you have, the type of work you are seeking, and how much effort you put in to jobsearch. Some individuals find work quickly while others make a longer-term commitment to gaining employment.

  • I don’t have a resume, what should I do?

    If your resume is old or you don’t have one, don’t worry. Open Minds Employment Service will help you create an up-to-date resume as part of your program. You will need to recall where and when you were employed in the past.

  • What kind of training can you offer me?

    Open Minds Employment Service does not currently provide accredited training courses to jobseekers. We do have trainers who deliver jobsearch and pre-employment training and employment related mentoring.

  • Why do I have to apply through Centrelink to access Open Minds Employment Service?

    Centrelink determines which jobseekers are eligible to receive government-funded employment assistance. Open Minds Disability Employment Service is a government-funded service. This is why you must go through Centrelink to access our service.

  • Will I have to tell employers about my diagnosis / disability?

    Not necessarily. Some individuals feel comfortable with their employer and choose to tell them about their condition, especially if they need special consideration at work. Others find there is no need to disclose their condition. Your Employment Consultant can offer advice to help you make this decision.

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