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PWDA regularly works with the Department of Social Services (DSS) and other government departments to provide information about Disability Employment Services (DES) and to engage with our members and networks of people with disability to help improve the delivery of these services and increase employment outcomes for people with disability.

In September 2013 the Australian Government provided small grants to a number of national disability peaks organisations, including PWDA, to undertake the DES Consumer Engagement Project. The purpose of the project was to:

  • Increase consumer engagement and knowledge of the DES program;
  • Facilitate provision of consumer advice to the Government about the needs of people with disability in the context of the DES, and;
  • Look at ways to improve future disability employment services. 

The DES Engagement Project provided an opportunity for people with disability to have their say on the types of barriers they face in accessing DES and make suggestions for improvements to the delivery of employment services.

In August 2014 PWDA presented a final report, which included a range of recommendations,to the DSS. You can click here to download PWDA's Disability Employment Services (DES) Consumer Engagement Project report.

In 2015 PWDA continues to work with the DSS as it undertakes a review of the entire disability employment system in Australia and develops a new National Disability Employment Framework.

More information

Information on DES and other Government funded employment programs can be found on the JobAccess website or by calling call JobAccess on 1800 464 800.  

For a full list of publications, fact sheets and information flyers visit the JobAccess website.

To find your local Disability Employment Services provider, visit Australian Job Search website.