Disability Employment Services

Around Australia, many people with disability use a range of different services.

This might be for:

  • support with daily life
  • getting a job, or working somewhere,  like in supported employment  or other workplace
  • working with an advocate. 

Your service should:

  • treat you well and keep you safe
  • let you make choices
  • include your family and carers if you want them to be included
  • provide information in a way that's right for you
  • respect your privacy
  • let you speak up
  • offer you support to speak up if you need it. This support might come from someone like a lawyer or advocate. 

A better pathway to employment

Disability Employment Services (DES) provide eligible job seekers with disability, injury or health condition access to individually tailored employment services suited to their needs, with strong links to training and skills development. There are two separate programs within DES: 

  • Disability Management Service is for job seekers who are not expected to need long-term support in the workplace but might need irregular flexible support to keep a job.
  • Employment Support Service is for job seekers with permanent disability and who require regular and ongoing support to keep a job.

The Australian Government values the contribution people with disability make to Australian society and believes that people with disability want to work and should be supported in their efforts to get and maintain a job. DES is uncapped, so that all eligible people with disability have immediate access to individually tailored and comprehensive services including capacity building, training, work experience and other interventions to help participants obtain and maintain suitable employment.

Helping employers find skilled workers

DES rewards providers for working with employers to supply job seekers who can meet local labour market and skills demands. The Employment Assistance Fund may provide job seekers, employers and providers with access to resources to assist with finding and maintaining employment, such as workplace modifications and Auslan interpreting services. For those participants who require support to maintain their employment, Ongoing Support is available from a Disability Employment Service for as long as it is required. There are three levels of Ongoing Support (Flexible, Moderate and High) to cater for the varying needs of workers with disability and their employers. Flexible Ongoing Support provides a safety net for participants who are placed into work, but who may require irregular or less predictable access to support to maintain employment. This provides better options for some participants such as those with mental health or episodic conditions. Many participants are able to leave Disability Employment Services as independent workers once they have moved into sustainable employment.


Joblink Plus currently offers DES in Muswellbrook, Scone, Singleton and Nyngan. For more information contact us on 1800 695 625