Overview of responses to employment issues paper

Disability Employment Services (DES) were singled out and concerns were raised about their design and implementation.  Some responses said the very service that was established to help people with disability find and keep a job, is falling far short of what it was set up to do.

The most commonly mentioned problems relating to the DES were:

  • a lack of appropriate support
  • poor client outcomes
  • clients being placed in jobs that didn’t match their skills, interests or abilities.

DES providers are not achieving long-term outcomes, with some job placements ending abruptly or only lasting as long as government subsidies did.

These types of practices can place young people with disability at increased risk of violence and abuse. In some cases, they can lead to exploitation, violence and abuse.

Responders described how some DES consultants didn’t have specialised disability knowledge or qualifications, and didn’t act in their client’s best interest.

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Disability Royal Commission, Employment

Disability Royal Commission

Date published:
Mon 12th Apr, 2021