Queensland Training Awards 2020

NJL were announced as winners of the Regional Award for Community Training Initiative of the Year for Tropical North Queensland!!

We are also now State Finalist with winners being announced on Friday 18th September 2020.

Congratulations Cairns Team on your Dreaming Big initiative!

Your certainly dreamt big!

Click here to read the Minister for Employment and Small Business Media statement

QTA 2020 regional winner post

NJL Commits to Child Safety

July, 2020

During August National Joblink formalised their commitment to becoming a Child Safe Organisation.  NJL has a culture of child safety and wellbeing based on the 10 National Principles of Child Safe Organisations.  The principles are embedded in every aspect of our organisation to uphold our responsibilities to children.  NJL want to ensure that every person who joins our service feels welcome, respected, and safe but especially children who have an extra layer of vulnerability.

NJL’s newly formed Child Safe Committee will carry out an annual survey of stakeholders

which includes participants, staff, community service providers, community members and

families to gain feedback into our Strategy and Policy review.  We also collaborate with children and young people around any organisational decisions that may affect them.  We have defined practices in our policies around the importance of culturally safe environments and practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

NJL's Learner Driver Training

NJL is thrilled to announce the launch of their brand-new initiative in Cairns - the NJL Driving School. The ‘NJL Driving Program’ was developed in response to the need to address a major barrier to youth employment – access to transport. Cairns features highly in regional unemployment statistics. Many young people are willing to work, however lack the ability to get to and from the workplace.  Furthermore, many are disadvantaged by not having access to a car or mentor to support them in building the mandatory 100 hours of supervised driving experience necessary to gain a license.  NJL’s aim is to help disadvantaged youth develop safe driving habits by providing access to:

  • Driver training conducted in a relaxed learning environment

  • Lessons with Accredited Driving Instructors & Experienced Mentors

  • An NJL vehicle to undertake the driving test

Our Driving Instructor has had over 10 years of Youth/

Mentoring experience, specialising in building the skills

and confidence that youth need to become good, safe

drivers.  “We focus on safety, building confidence and

road smarts so when it comes time for them to go for

their licence, they will be road ready, not just ‘test’ 

ready. We believe we can teach our students not only

how to drive, but to drive with confidence and safety

foremost in mind”, stated James – NJL’s very first

Accredited Driving Instructor.

Counselling Sessions Available

In collaboration with our Employee Assistance Program, Career Life Money, National Joblink has extended services to participants in ParentsNext and Transition to Work.  There is now a dedicated online portal that participants can access (with the help of staff) to book their own counselling sessions. Career Life Money have a range of psychologists for participants to choose from and the appointments can be held face to face, or by video or telephone, with little to no waiting time.  National Joblink are excited to have launched this extra layer of service as we know it will help some of our most vulnerable participants that cannot otherwise access services locally or are on a public waiting list.


Newsletter - April to June 2021

  • Culture Connect - Cairns

  • NJL's Job Fair - Darwin

  • Tasmanian Job Ready Fund

  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Jan to March 2021

  • NJL’s New Investment: Tarkine Wilderness Lodge

  • Face to Face Servicing – Career Transition Assistance

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2020

  • Significant Changes for 2021

  • Wild Thyme Restaurant

  • Youth & Hip Hop Pioneer

  • EST Online – A Success Story

  • Cairns Driving School

Newsletter - July to Sept 2020

  • NJL Commits to Child Safety

  • NJL's Learner Driver Training

  • Counselling Sessions Available

  • Mango Season

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - April to June 2020

  • NJL's new CEO

  • Workplace Skills Training

  • Microsoft Teams

  • Peer Support Program

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Jan to March 2020

  • NJL Online

  • Seasonal Workers in W.A

  • Commercial Kitchen Helps

  • Soggy Bottom Regatta

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2019

  • NJL Restaurant

  • Guide Dogs Tas

  • Xmas Hampers

  • NJL House

  • Good News Stories

Newsletter - July to Sept 2019

  • NJL Trainees

  • Y Cookbook

  • EST Activity S.A

  • Whitecard Training

Newsletter - April to June 2019

  • Career Transition Assistance

  • McArthur River Mining

  • Speak Up Stay Chatty

  • Youth Week TAS


Newsletter - Jan to March 2019

  • Aus Tourism Awards

  • A day in the life of EST Trainer

  • Lights, Camera, Action!

  • Fire pit Yarning Circle


Newsletter - Oct to Dec 2018

  • Xmas Support for the Homeless

  • NJL Bloodline Group

  • Be the Change - EST Project

  • Participant Good News Stories


Newsletter - July to Sept 2018

  • Maningrida Recycle Program

  • NJL Adelaide

  • Cairns brews up a storm

  • Participant Good News Stories

Mango Season gets a helping hand

The NJL Darwin office has been working hard with the local 

community supporting local businesses like NT Farmer’s

association for our upcoming Mango Season. Locally the

mango season requires 2000 workers to support the 91

million tonnes of mangoes that are picked through the 6-week

period. Historically the farms were supported by international

backpackers however, with the current world climate Darwin 

currently has 10 farms that are in desperate need of workers.

Harvest Trail Information Service is a Government service

that connects workers with employers in harvest areas across

Australia. We had the pleasure of closely connecting and

marketing Harvest Trail to all our local job and employment

providers. We received feedback after injecting ourselves to

spread the word, that Harvest Trail have since been overwhelmed

with local applications and interest. We are continuing to support

Harvest Trail to get as many local Aussies out on the farms to

ensure mangoes are stocked in all grocers come Summertime!

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Right now, as the world zigs, we’re zagging and are currently seeking ways to best serve community organisations in Cairns by utilising our two beautiful commercial kitchens. We will be providing good, wholesome and fresh tasty meals for those most in need. This will include delivery to vulnerable people in the community.  Not the start we imagined but gosh it feels great to know we are making a difference.

Watch this space, there will be more Wild Thyme updates next issue.

Commercial Kitchen provides meals in the Community

Cairns, QLD, March 2020

With the whole of Australia facing unique challenges the NJL owned Cairns restaurant scene is preparing themselves to embrace NJL’s latest project. 'Wild Thyme' is about to throw open its doors. Kicking off 2020 with the first stage of its development a new look chic restaurant led by Chef Catherine Pacey, one of our newest Cairns recruits. We all know that to be successful in the hospitality industry, you have to have a beautiful venue, great staff, great food, great coffee and without a doubt a refreshing boutique beer or peach mimosa to deal with the tropical heat. Opening for breakfast and lunch and later down the track evenings, Wild Thyme offers a range of fresh tasty healthy eating choices, incorporating flavours from around the globe. If you’re not hungry you can always enjoy a naked honey badger coffee or freshly made elderberry, raspberry and mint soda whilst relaxing on a cane lounge, soaking up the vibe of one of Cairns oldest and prettiest streets.

Hidden behind the scenes is Wild Thyme’s second kitchen. Stage two - A kitchen that promotes inclusion and social fairness. It’s here that we will provide an environment that brings people together and builds confidence through practical skills, education and common love of food. A goal of ours is to work closely with local community groups to support their mission of servicing those less fortunate by putting a hearty meal in their bellies.

Soggy Bottom Boat Regatta

Launceston, TAS, March, 2020

National Joblink participants in Launceston recently entered the ‘Soggy Bottom Boat Regatta’ at Waverley Lake on March 1st. Rotary Tasmania organise the annual event to raise money for various Diabetes Camps.  NJL Participants learn the skills for Education and Employment so they were able to use a variety of their newly learned skills like communication, mathematics and teamwork to work through the problems that you encounter building a boat. Boats are constructed out of cardboard and gaffer tape. All participants and staff members reported back that it was a fun filled day.