On 25th Novermber 2011, the Senate's Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee released their report on The administration and purchasing of Disability Employment Services in Australia.
The report is a result of an inquiry conducted by the committee, following concerns raised by Australian Greens spokesperson on Disability Services, Senator Rachel Siewert. Disability Employment Australia campaigned for the Senate Inquiry, and consulted widely with members in the writing of our submission.
The Federal Government issued their response on the 17th of February 2012.
Summary of Recommendations
The committee recommended that the Government:
- Delay the tender for at least 12 months to avoid disruption during a time of improving performance,
- Explore alternative purchasing models more suitable to ESS than competitive tendering,
- Extening contracts from three to five years,
- Reduce the percentage of DES providers tendered to those below the national star-rating median,
- Allow for the timely release of a caseload transition strategy to coincide with the draft Request for Tender documents,
- Provide clear and transparent information regarding the DES performance framework
- Develop a robust and quantifiable quality assessment mechanism,
- Trial 52 week employment outcomes measures in ESS, and
- Develop clear and consistent guidelines regarding inappropriate practices, and methods to rectify inappropriate practices.
On the 25th of November 2011, the Commitee tabled their report.
You can access written submissions here
A transcript of the public hearing is available.
Senate Committee's Report
View the Senate's Report, including their recommendations.
The Government issued their response on the 17th of February 2012.