Disability Employment Services

Real Futures can help you gain meaningful paid employment in a job that suits you. Our unique approach to employment is based on our belief that your personality and potential will win you the job.

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We’re Experienced

Our background in working with people who have faced disadvantage and discrimination has broken down many barriers for our job seekers and we bring this experience to those people who live with a disability or inability.

Our Employment Development Specialists know how to help you get ready for the world of work. We will update your resume, find suitable training that suits you and the job, buy some of the things you need to get started like work clothes and support you when you start work. We can help you to balance family and work demands and how to start managing a budget to save that hard earned wage. Real Futures wants you to have the confidence you need to start work and support you to achieve your career and life plans.

We want you to succeed

Real Futures has a highly successful record of job preparation, placement and retention. Our Pathways to Pilbara (now Real Futures) is recognized as one of the top five Aboriginal employment programs in Australia. We are a high achieving National Vocational Training and Employment Centre with many National employer partners. We bring our skills, our connections and knowledge to also be a top performer for people who seek our Disability Employment Services.

Our focus is on sustained employment where our aspirants can enter the workforce to develop skills and earn money that will contribute individuals and their families who may have otherwise been deemed unemployable due to a disability.

Our Story

For the past decade we have been helping people achieve real growth, real change.

We are a progressive Aboriginal company that has thrived since its inception as Pathways to Pilbara, transforming into Real Futures becoming one of the Country’s most successful Aboriginal capacity building service providers. Real Futures delivers VTEC contracts in New South Wales, Northern Territory and Western Australia connecting Aboriginal job seekers with some of the country’s largest employers.

We offer Disability Employment Services from Coffs Harbour to Dorrigo, Kempsey to Nambucca Heads and Geraldton through to the Gascoyne. We employ and skill our expert staff to deliver quality services in all of our locations. Our staff are genuinely connected to the Country and communities where they work.

About Disability Employment Services

Disability Employment Services providers like Real Futures help people with disability find work and keep a job.

Through our services, people with disability, injury or health condition can receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.

Disability Employment Services has two parts:

  1. Disability Management Service is for job seekers with disability, injury or health condition who need assistance to find a job and occasional support in the workplace to keep a job.
  2. Employment Support Service provides assistance to job seekers with permanent disability to find a job and who need regular, ongoing support in the workplace to keep a job.

Call Real Futures today to see how we can get you into work.

We’re connected – to country, to community, to employers and to you

Located in Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Geraldton servicing neighbouring communities

Aboriginal Specialists and General Disability Employment Services Providers

This service is available 24/7 without workplace intrusion.

ROOs are respected Aboriginal people selected for their capacity to listen, support and provide positive alternatives

Our Aspirants

Hear the latest news about our Aspirants.

Men at Work in Kempsey

In Kempsey NSW, seven of our aspirants are now employees about to achieve a 6-month employment milestone with Regional Renewables – well done, fellas!
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Uncle Tolly keeps inspiring

Uncle Tolly is a great asset to the team at Regional Renewables and he’s proud to be working alongside his mob, achieving together. Find out how Real Futures helped Uncle Tolly.
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Job Success for Zackary

Zackary is a local Geraldton man, who has been keen to get a job with the assistance from Real Futures.  He attended Real Futures Geraldton in 2020 seeking career guidance, training, and help  moving into the workforce. While Zackary finished the Traffic course, Real Futures staff sourced a role with a local employer. 
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Juan’s Dream of Being a Chef Realised

Lou is a local restaurant owner in Kempsey and has always wanted to help the local Indigenous community by training and employing an Indigenous chef. Katie from Real Futures helped to prepare Juan for his apprenticeship at Lou's Cafe. Juan had always wanted to be a chef and this is definitely his dream role.
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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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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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VTEC Aspirants Survey

Real Futures is conducting this survey to understand your experience with our services and to identify areas we can improve. We are interested in hearing about your experience through a 10-minute online survey.
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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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The Latest Jobs in the Hunter Region

We have a number jobs in the Hunter Region of NSW across a number of industries including trade and hospitality. Our Employment Development Specialists are ready to chat with you and find the right job for you.
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