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Disability Employment Service

The Disability Employment Service (DES) is a network of specialist employment services supporting people with disability to get work in the open labour market. The network is made up of 246 community and private organisations across Australia, providing expert support and services to people with disability and employers.

Through the Disability Employment Services, job seekers with disability, injury or health conditions may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job. Disability Employment Service Providers are a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that are experienced in supporting job seekers with disability and experienced helping businesses to put in place practices that support the employee in the workplace.

DES members provide the Disability Management Service and the Employment Support Service.

Disability Management Service

The Disability Management Service is for job seekers with disability, injury or a health condition who need the help of an employment service but do not expect to need long-term support in the workplace.

Employment Support Service

The Employment Support Service is for people who have a permanent, or likely to be permanent, disability. To qualify you must need specialist assistance for more than six months after being placed in a job, or need ongoing support to keep a job.

DES also provides help for people with disability in ‘job in jeopardy’ situations. Employees who are likely to lose their job as a result of their disability may be able to receive immediate help or support from a DES member to keep their job. We provide a range of specialist services, individually tailored to meet your employment needs, including:

  • Support when first placed into a job
  • Continued on-the-job support for you and your employer to help you feel confident and work towards independence
  • Interpreting service available

Not only will our employment consultants market for suitable employment on your behalf, they will also encourage and support you to help you find your own work. And our support doesn’t stop when your new job starts. Our employment consultants will be there to help both you and the employer make sure that your new career starts off as smoothly as possible.

Remember, it’s your right to apply your skills, access productive employment, pursue professional goals and enjoy the benefits of financial independence and personal satisfaction.

For more information please look at our DES Participant Handbook 2018

Succeeding at Work

Our employment consultants will market for suitable employment on your behalf, they will also encourage and support you to help you find your own work. Our employment consultants will be there to help both you and the employer make sure that your new career starts off as smoothly as possible. Moving from unemployment back into the working environment can be a big change in lifestyle. To help you succeed in your new job ECHO will provide you with ongoing post placement support. The on-the-job support for you and your employer helps you feel confident and work towards your own independence. Our employment consultants will prepare a Work Plan which includes regular contact with yourself and your employer providing coaching and valuable support you need to remain in work and achieve long term employment.

And our support doesn’t stop when your new job starts. Remember, it’s your right to apply your skills, access productive employment, pursue professional goals and enjoy the benefits of financial independence and personal satisfaction.