Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Better support for people with disability seeking work

Australians with disability will be better supported in their search for a job.

The final list of organisations to deliver Disability Employment Services (DES) from 1 July 2018 is announced today.

The new panel of DES providers will support people with disability to find and keep work, with a greater emphasis on providers achieving long-term employment outcomes.

The Turnbull Government will invest more than $3 billion into DES over four years, including an additional $300 million over the next 10 years.

Smaller providers will also share an additional $10 million over the next two years to assist their business transition to the new program.

Work provides security and independence, and gives people a sense of responsibility and self-worth. The economy is creating 1,100 jobs every day, and the Turnbull Government wants every Australian to share in the opportunities being created.

The reforms to the DES program aim to ensure, from 1 July 2018, DES providers will provide better quality supports and services to help Australians with disability find and keep a job.

Almost 400,000 people with disability were placed in a job under the current DES program.

More than 13 per cent of people who are of working age have a disability, however only 53 per cent are participating in work.

To find a DES provider or for more information, visit the JobAccess website.