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What is Disability Employment Services (DES) and can it help you find work?

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DES is a program designed to help people with disability find work – and stay in work.  DES stands for Disability Employment Services and it’s funded by the Australian Government.

See more about our DES program here.

How does it work?

DES providers help eligible people with disability, injury or health condition to prepare for, find and keep a job. They can provide career advice, help you with your resume, organise training and prepare you for work. They can also provide ongoing support at work (if you require it), including funding for necessary workplace modifications and wage subsidies to employers.

See Bradley’s success with finding work through our DES program in this video:

If you’re eligible for DES, you can choose your preferred Provider to work with.  There are many different Providers, so you have plenty of choice.  However, it is important you pick right one for you.

You will find useful tips on finding the right provider here.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

You are generally eligible for DES if you:

  • have a disability, injury or health condition
  • are at least 14 years old but not yet at the Age Pension qualifying age
  • are at or above the minimum legal working age in your state or territory
  • are an Australian resident or eligible Visa holder
  • are not studying full time (unless you’re an Eligible School Leaver*)

*Eligible School Leavers – Full time, final year secondary school students with significant disability or young people transitioning from an eligible state or territory transition to work program or School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) are eligible for DES.

Job Prospects’ employment consultants can help you find out if you are eligible for support, and how to get started. We can help you work through capacity assessments with Centrelink. Generally, you will need to:

  • have a valid Employment Services Assessment (ESAt) or Job Capacity Assessment (JCA) recommending DES
  • have a Future Work Capacity of eight or more hours per week
  • not be working at or above your assessed work capacity (some exceptions apply)

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