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Work with a Great Mates mentor to build your skills and confidence.


Our Supported Employment initiatives are designed to help you build knowledge, skills and confidence before you take that big step into the workforce. Our 6-week mentored training program will teach you general employment skills and skills specific to your job through worksheets, interactive quizzes, group activities, mock interviews and inductions.


  • Writing a professional resume
  • Understanding the hiring process
  • Presenting confidently at a job interview
  • Filing in paperwork for your job
  • Interacting with others socially in a job setting



  • Theoretical knowledge
  • Safety knowledge
  • Practical skills
  • Technical skills
  • Dealing with situations



At the end of your training period, you can take a Great Mates assessment to see if your abilities meet the requirements of the employment opportunity you’ve expressed interest in. We have a range of business initiatives to suit all kinds of personalities and interests. Check them out below!

Pooch Mates

If you love animals, look no further. As a Pooch Mate you’ll be working with dogs of all shapes and sizes, giving them bubbly baths and lots of kisses. This is a fun, hands-on job where you’ll have the opportunity to work independently or with a team of Great Mates.

Mower Mates

If you love the sunny outdoors of the Gold Coast, you’ll love being a Mower Mate. You’ll be out and about mowing lawns, landscaping, pruning – whatever needs to be done to transform an overgrown yard into a beautiful outdoor space to relax in.


What kind of jobs can I do?

There are all kinds of jobs you can get at Great Mates as a supported employee! Our initiatives give you the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and enjoy the sense of accomplishment from a job well done. You can read more about our Supported Employment here or give us a call, and we can chat about what kind of job might be best for you.

Can you help me find a job?

We’d love to! First, you’ll need funding for employment support in your NDIS plan to be able to pursue supported employment, but if you’ve got that sorted we can get started! Chat with us today!

What if I’m not ready to work yet?

That’s totally fine! If working sounds like something you’d like to do, but you don’t feel ready to take it on right now, you can still start the conversation with your Local Area Coordinator, Support Coordinator or your NDIS Planner. There are some things you can do to prep for work in the future, including setting goals for what you’d like to accomplish in your work life.  This could be: 
  • a goal to get a part-time job in 6 months
  • to start researching the kinds of jobs you’d like to do, or
  • talking with people already in those jobs and learning how they adjusted to working life.

How many hours a week do I have to work?

There are no set rules, and every job will be different. You won’t need to work more than you can handle — supported employment might mean you work for a few days a week, or it could mean a few hours a day if you want. Either way, you’ll make some new mates, learn new skills and grow in confidence!

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