In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000


Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call

131126

Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700

healthdirect

24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Work Experience and Support Program (WESP)


2019-20 WESP 2nd Round

Applications are now open, read the eligibility requirements and apply below.

The program provides the opportunity for people to gain office skills and Australian workplace experience. WESP participants will gain confidence to enter the paid workforce and develop important networks within the ACT Public Service.

The Program

Here’s what participants at the WESP Graduation Ceremony in June 2018 said about the course https://youtu.be/WjNPF7hDpG8External Link

The program provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Improve their IT, writing, office administration and communication skills.
  • Gain practical job seeking skills.
  • Prepare for entry into the workforce.
  • Gain practical experience in an Australian workplace.
  • Establish a personal network of contacts for future work and training options.

WESP participants are offered four weeks of formal training in office skills and eight weeks of work placement in an ACT Government agency.

This work experience program is voluntary and finishes after the eight week work placement with no further commitments.

Successful WESP graduates will receive a nationally recognised Certificate II in Business.

To be eligible for WESP, applicants MUST:

  • Be migrants with Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • Be asylum seekers on temporary protection visas or Safe Haven Enterprise Visas.
  • Be a resident of the Australian Capital Territory.
  • Be able to commit to the full time 12 week program.

Priority is given to:

  • Applicants in Australia on a refugee protection or humanitarian visa.
  • Applicants who are unemployed or not in meaningful employment.
  • Applicants with the confidence to communicate proficiently in spoken and written English.

For further information please contact the WESP Coordinator by phone on (02) 6205 5168 or email communityparticipation@act.gov.au

2019-20 WESP 2nd Round

Applications are now closed for the 2nd Program of 2019-20 WESP

Applications closed: Friday 7 February 2020

Applications must be submitted online through SmartyGrantsExternal Link

The 2nd program will commence on 13 March 2020 and finish on 5 June 2020.

The program is designed to help:

  • Refugees and Asylum seekers who have settled in Canberra in the past 12 months or more; and
  • Canberran’s from a cultural and linguistically diverse background who have been applying for and unsuccessful in gaining meaningful employment for at least 2 years.

The program provides the opportunity for people to gain office skills and Australian workplace experience. WESP participants will gain confidence to enter the paid workforce and develop important networks within the ACT Public Service.

The program enables participants to:

  • improve their IT, writing, office administration and communication skills;
  • gain practical job seeking skills;
  • prepare for entry into the workforce;
  • gain practical experience in an Australian workplace; and
  • establish a personal network of contacts for future work and training options.

WESP participants are offered four weeks of formal training in office skills at the Canberra Institute of Technology and eight weeks of unpaid work experience in an ACT Government agency.

This work experience program is voluntary and unpaid, and finishes after the eight week work placement with no further commitments.

Successful WESP graduates will receive a nationally recognised Certificate II in Business.

To be eligible for WESP, applicants must be:

  • a resident of the Australian Capital Territory and
  • able to commit to the full time 12 week program and be able to communicate confidently in English;
  • an asylum seeker on temporary protection visa or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa: or
  • ACT Services Access card holders; or
  • Refugee or migrant with Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • For further information please contact the WESP Coordinator on (02) 6205 5168 or email communityparticipation@act.gov.au