Disability Employment Australia. Represent, Support, Resource

2017 objectives

As the only peak body to focus solely on the nexus of disability and employment,  Disability Employment Australia is best placed to represent the sector to achieve positive change.

Over the next year we will work to:

  • Take a leadership role through the transition to the new Department of Social Services
  • Educate the new Government’s ministers and advisors on the intricacies of the DES-ESS and DMS programs
  • Future-proof DES with regard to the value proposition of the program to government and the financial viability of the DES business for providers
  • Advocate for program administration changes that will return flexibility and program logic to DES, without regressing the employment and employer focus
  • Bring a balanced approach to the program assurance requirements and KPIs that drive high performance for participants with complex service requirements
  • Reduce the administration burden of the program and return the focus to individualised servicing
  • Ensure the alignment of supported open employment (DES) in Australia with the five stages of international evidence-based supported employment practice.
  • Support specialist contracts, including access to specialists, direct registrations and outreach
  • Support and influence the business reallocation process for the DES-DMS program
  • Inform the Remote Jobs and Communities Program, including roll out and applicability to employment services in the future
  • Consult and influence the 2015 Review of Employment Services, with particular regard to the impact on DES-DMS
  • Future-proof DES in the National Disability Insurance Scheme environment
  • Position supported open employment on the broader agenda of Government
  • Identify and promote alternatives to procurement that offer greater alignment with the objectives of the program and the communities that the DES program serves.

Contact us about membership

Contact Helen from Disability Employment Australia on 03 9012 6000 or info@disabilityemployment.org.au for further details or to apply for membership.

Download:  Disability Employment Australia's Membership Flyer (PDF)