Disability Employment Services

Real Futures goes above and beyond when it comes to supporting our employers with their recruitment and retention requirements.

We’re Responsive

We take care of all the details to get your new worker onboard, with any wage subsidy applications processed quickly and workplace modifications started. Our post placement support can include cultural and inclusion training and assistance for you to grow a productive, diverse workplace.

Our employers provide essential criteria for their available positions and our Disability Employment Service Specialist prepares resumes from suitably qualified and committed job seekers within 24 hours of the initial request.

We are available 24/7 – whether it is a late night shift or a broken down car, we’ll be there to get your staff to work.

We’re Connected

Real Futures’ network of employers, partners, registered training organisations, and our strong relationships within the Aboriginal community, are the backbone of our success. We pride ourselves on creating meaningful relationships that have a deep understanding and appreciation of cultural differences that can enrich workplaces and generate prosperity.

Our focus is on building community capacity through job readiness, training and employment. We are highly regarded within the communities in which we work because of our commitment to social and financial improvement. Our partnerships with employers across Australia has made us the employment service of choice for many.

We’re Supportive

Real Futures’ Reach Out Officers (ROOS) are Aboriginal mentors (Elders and respected community leaders) who provide holistic support for job seekers and employers so they can maintain a sustainable relationship. They operate at three levels of obligation: Community and Family, Training and in the Workplace.

ROOs will be your first point of contact in the event of any issue arising and are available 24/7.

Our success comes from operating organically – every discussion and decision is done with Cultural Essence, respectfully acknowledging the Traditional Owners and custodians of the Country where we meet and operate.

Real Futures operates Disability Employment Services in Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Kempsey, Geraldton and Gascoyne.

Round the clock support for employers and employees

Cultural training and support to enrich your workplace

Employment Specialists for Indigenous People with a Disability

Good News Stories

Featured stories from the Real Futures news desk

NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Gascoyne

Excited to share our NAIDOC week celebrations at Gascoyne, packed with Ceremony march, tree planting to represent the 5 language groups, question and answer sessions with one of our very own , Sean Challis, on the panel and last but not the least, the sporting event- Dart tournament for NAIDOC with specially designed shirts to represent the Carnarvon Dart Team.
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Wednesday 26th of May 2021 was a really big day in Carnarvon as 24 Real Futures participants successfully completed 4 months training undertaking a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations in conjunction with Training Alliance.
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Australian Unity Mob Days

In late 2019 Melissa Fernando from Real Futures designed and managed a tailor-made program specifically for AU. This consists of pre-screening and advertising; a ‘Mob Day’ including all onboarding done on-the-spot, and then training and ongoing placement support provided by Real Futures. This means aspirants go from unemployed to working within two weeks!
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Real Futures Aspirant Survey Results

In May and early June 2021 Real Futures conducted a survey to some 1,300 VTEC participants to understand how satisfied they were with our service delivery and what we can do to improve.
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Real Futures: Clearing up Canarvon Cemetery

Canarvon Pioneer Cemetery was founded in 1880 and closed in 1973 although officially the last person to be buried there was in 1980. The Cemetery has become overgrown, and a bit uncared for. So, the Real Futures team was delighted to get our tools our and muck in to tidy the place up, and show our respect or those who have passed. Many of the team had relatives buried here, and Real Futures is proud to have this as one of our projects.
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Our Reconciliation Action Plan

The Real Futures team has been instrumental in guiding the wider Angus Knight Group (AKG) in developing the 2021 - 2023 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The RAP runs across all AKG’s businesses, underscoring a commitment to Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in Australia. At the centre of the RAP is a vision of building strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices into our decision-making and the continuing empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members around the country.
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Women’s Business: Second Chance Hub

In March 2020, Real Futures partnered with UN Women to deliver the first program of its kind in a developed country. Supported by BHP Foundation as part of their global commitment to enabling access for all women to quality education, the program was piloted in Western Sydney, providing a culturally safe, women’s only space.
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Brendan Kaine Projects

Brendan Kaine is always working on a project. See all the images to learn about his latest creation
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Keanu has grown in confidence and he has now applied for a Traineeship in Cert III Civil Construction with Lendlease.

Traineeship in Cert III Civil Construction

With Real Futures help Keanu has grown in confidence and has now applied for a Traineeship in Cert III Civil Construction with Lendlease.
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Get Ready Program

Robert and Philip both aspirants have struggled to find employment in their local area of Taree. Real Futures helped with the Get Ready Workshop.
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