Disability employment reform workshop

DSS is currently reviewing the Disability Employment Services (DES) program, known as the DES reform. The current DES system connects people with disability, chronic illness or injury to employment opportunities. There is consensus that the current system does not work for everyone, including our members.

Australian Network on Disability is a member of the DES reform Reference Group and we are actively using the voice of our network to create positive policy change.

As members of the Reference group, we have an important role in representing our members concerns to government and influencing system changes in the DES program

Working alongside our members, we want to be sure that the reform means:

  • the DES program works for all employers, including large and multi-site
  • the DES program has targeted outcomes and experiences, so users do not need to create workarounds.

Our ultimate goal is for the DES program to support employers connecting people with disability. We know to achieve this the DES program must work for employees and employers alike. 

To amplify the employer voice, we’re urging our members to get involved in influencing this change. Options include:   

Complete the PwC survey

Focused on the DES reform, PwC has been engaged by DSS to seek input from a wide range of stakeholders including jobseekers, services providers and employers to understand their experiences, expectations and what is important to them in the disability employment services.

This survey forms one part of these engagements and is designed to provide a better understanding of current practices, workplace attitudes, barriers to accessing Disability Employment Services and expectations to improve your organisation's ability to find, recruit and retain more people with disability.

The survey should only take 10 minutes or less, and responses will be anonymised and completely confidential. Your response would be invaluable in shaping the future of disability employment in Australia so have your say in the PwC survey today.

The survey closes Friday 15 October.  

The survey results will then be provided to the DSS.

Provide feedback to Australian Network on Disability

Participate in one of our virtual workshops to discuss the DES reform and the consultation paper released by DSS. We will collate the feedback, to guide our submission back to DSS.

Workshop details:

Workshop 1

  • Date: Monday 8 November
  • Time: 2pm to 3:30pm

Workshop 2

  • Date: Friday 12 November
  • Time: 10:30am to 12 pm

Workshop 3

  • Date: Tuesday 16 November
  • Time: 10am to 11:30am

Register to one of the workshops. 

If you participate in our workshops, we will provide you with a summary of the consultation paper ahead of the meeting.

Have your say and influence change.

What is the Disability Employment Services program?

The DES program is a government initiative that connects people with disability, chronic illness, or injury to employment opportunities.

Find out more information about the DES program.

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