Disability Employment Services Reform 2018 – Industry Information paper / sheets

Disability Employment Services (DES) is the Australian Government’s specialised employment service for people whose disability is assessed as the main impediment to them gaining employment. It plays an important role in improving the social and economic participation of people with disability. The Government has been working with the sector to find ways to improve the performance of DES so that more people with disability achieve the social, emotional and financial benefits that work brings.

Following extensive community consultation involving people with disability, disability peak organisations, disability service providers and employers, the following key changes will be implemented to improve DES performance, commencing from 1 July 2018:

  • improving choice and control for participants
  • generating greater competition and contestability between providers
  • improving financial incentives for providers through a new risk-adjusted funding model designed to reward providers commensurate to the difficulty in placing the participant into sustainable employment
  • indexing DES payments to maintain their real value

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has released this industry information paper to provide information about future arrangements for the DES program, including establishment of a new Panel of DES Providers to commence on 1 July 2018. Existing supports provided through DES, including the National Panel of Assessors (NPA), the Supported Wage System (SWS), Wage Subsidies and the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC) will continue under the new program.

Consultation period ends on 12th August 2017

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Department of Social Services (DSS)

Date published:
Wed 14th Jun, 2017

Closing date:
Sat 12th Aug, 2017