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Disability Employment Australia commends DES programme changes - 20 March 2015

Disability Employment Australia, 20 March 2015

Disability Employment Australia is delighted with Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services’ announcement of a trial that will improve how ongoing support is delivered in the Disability Employment Services (DES) programme.

Ongoing support is an essential element of best practice in delivering DES. Disability Employment Australia (DEA) has been in discussion with the Department over how to reduce the unnecessarily-burdensome red tape and administration requirements that have hampered the delivery of quality ongoing support. 

The Minister and the Department have listened to the suggestions of DEA and other stakeholders and have responded by introducing red tape reduction measures to ensure that people with disability, DES providers, and employers will have the most effective and efficient service possible.

“Better and more flexible arrangements for DES providers will help improve employment outcomes for people with disability,” Minister Fifield said.

The trial will allow for empowered decision-making to determine the best method of engagement, as well as a relaxation of participant plan updates. These measures will help create a more efficient service while also reducing the administrative burden.

From 1 April 2015 participants, employers and providers can enjoy a more flexible arrangement as they strive together to achieve the same goal: sustainable employment.

The decision by the Minister demonstrates how a good working relationship between the Minister, the Department and the sector can produce positive action for the betterment of participants and employers. 

Media queries contact Sharlie Wise on 03 9012 6000 or 0418 285 192, sharlie.wise@disabilityemployment.org.au