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Sarina Russo Job Access

Like most providers, Sarina Russo Job Access refers people from their employment services caseload to related entities to maximise profits from the perverse payment incentives offered by government.

The Founder and Managing Director, Sarina Russo, is probably the most high profile player in employment services and refers to herself as a “jobs queen”. She has active social media accounts where she offers life advice, personal insights, and shares selfies with politicians. In one video, she encourages unemployed people, from a boat in Cannes, “to dream big” and that she’ll see them “at the top”.

The pointlessness of these courses has always been obvious to the people pushed into them.

Fast facts

1.97 out of 5Score from ratings submitted to the
AUWU app by people in
employment services.
$602,648Political donations since 1999. The Coalition received $357,660 and Labor $244,988.
$1.07 billionThe amount that Sarina Russo entities have received in government contracts in the last decade.1Published contract values from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (source: and the Department of Social Services (source: Workforce Australia: $21.7 million; Disability Employment Services: $28.2 million; Total: $49.9 million.
$267 millionSarina Russo’s personal wealth reported in 2022.2
CEO Magazine, 24 February 2022, ‘Arriba Group’s Marcella Romero named CEO of the Year – A$0- 100m turnover’,
“They push you to take near-worthless Cert 3 courses through their own institute. I had multiple phone calls from SR while mutual obligations were suspended telling me that I’d be breached if I didn’t take one of their courses, when pointing out that I wasn’t obliged to and I’d already done the only relevant one — oh, well just do one of the other ones then, it doesn’t ma!er.”
– anonymous contributor 297, Queensland


Below you can read a selection of survey responses, reviews, news articles and social media comments about Sarina Russo Job Access. We will be adding more survey responses and social media stories here in the coming weeks.

Employment services survey

The Punishment for Profit report is based on hundreds of responses to surveys conducted by the Antipoverty Centre. This research is ongoing. If you are in Workforce Australia, Disability Employment Services or a similar program, we welcome any information you are able to share about your experiences.

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