Return to Work

Preparing to Return to Work

You’re ready to  work, but maybe you’re not sure where to start. 

Consider what you may need to prepare before you return to work so that you feel organised and ready.

Your first steps could be 

And don’t forget you’re not alone!

There are plenty of online resources, and further assistance and support services available through this site to support you in your return to the workforce.

Our A-Z Resources also provide template documents and guides relating to employment and study.


I've lost my job or been made redundant

Losing your job can come as a shock.

But remember, it can also be the start of a new chapter in your life.

As one door closes, you may discover further career opportunities to either re-train, return to study, or start anew someplace else.

You are not without options.

Many may feel overwhelmed and uncertain of what’s around the corner.

It is important to take care of yourself, and consider what you would like to do next.

Perhaps take time to chat with a career industry professional to seek advice and support about your career. This can help you make informed decisions about your next step.

You can contact a Learn Local staff member for support and assistance.

There are also qualified career practitioners that help people manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information.

Centrelink may also be able to assist you. Centrelink is an Australian Government agency responsible for delivering a wide range of services and unemployment benefits to Australians on a low income or without an income.

Consider contacting Centrelink as soon as possible to see if you are eligible for support.


Redundancy pay and entitlements

When someone is made redundant – they may also be eligible for redundancy pay and entitlements.

When an employee’s job is made redundant their employer is required to give them redundancy pay, also known as severance pay.

Check the terms of your agreement for information about how much redundancy pay needs to be paid out and other entitlements.

If you feel you have been made redundant or dismissed unfairly, consider contacting the Australian Fair Work Commission regarding your rights.

I'm ready to get back to work

Return to work preparation

Let's get started!

Maybe you've been away from the workforce for a short time - or for a bit longer.

Whether you have been out of work due to travel, being a full-time parent or carer, have retired but are keen to re-enter the workforce, or have recovered from an injury or health condition – returning to work can be an exciting time.

Here’s a little tip for re-entering the workforce – plan to be organised so you can give yourself time to prepare for your return to work.

Know your rights, and know what support is out there to help you re-enter the workforce.

Your first step may be updating your resume, undertaking a short course to up-skill or investigating what other career options are out there for you!

Career planning can be helpful in identifying where to go next.

For more links, check out the A-Z Resources.