Disability Employment Services

Disability Employment Services help people with disability find work and keep a job.

Through Disability Employment Services, people with disability, injury or health condition may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.

Disability Employment Services providers are a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that are experienced in supporting people with disability as well as providing assistance to employers to put in place practices that support the employee in the workplace.

Disability Employment Services has two parts:

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

JobAccess can provide you with all the information you need on disability employment, including Disability Employment Services.

JobAccess is a comprehensive, easy to use website and a telephone information service that provides advice on disability employment related matters. It offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers.

Want to know more?

  • Visit the JobAccess website
  • Call JobAccess on 1800 464 800
  • To find your local Disability Employment Services provider, visit the JobActive website.

2017 Budget Announcement

On Federal Budget night this year, the Government reaffirmed its commitment to improving employment outcomes for people with disability and announced changes to the Disability Employment Services (DES) program. More information on the 2017 Budget.

Over the next four years, the Australian Government will invest over $3 billion in DES and associated services to help people with disability get and keep long-term jobs.

This includes over $300 million over the next 10 years to index provider payments in DES. This will ensure DES providers can continue to deliver the necessary supports required for people with disability looking for work without these being eroded by inflation.

The changes aim to improve the overall performance of the program to help more people with disability, injury or a health condition find and maintain employment. The changes will start from 1 July 2018.

The program changes are the result of extensive community consultation, involving people with disability, disability peak organisations, disability providers and employers.

More information

DES Links

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