About DES

Disability Employment Services (DES) is the Australian Government’s employment service that helps people with disability find work and keep a job.

Through DES, eligible people with disability, injury or health condition can receive help to prepare for, find and keep a job. Help can include career advice, employment preparation, resume development, and training. You can also get help with job searching and ongoing support at work (if you require it), including funding for necessary workplace modifications and wage subsidies to employers.

DES is delivered by a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that support people with disability. DES providers can also work with employers to help them develop practices that support the employee in the workplace.

People with disability may be eligible for one of two different DES programs depending on their disability:

Disability Management Service (DES-DMS) is for jobseekers with disability, injury or health condition who need assistance to find a job and occasional support in the workplace to keep a job.

Employment Support Service (DES-ESS) provides assistance to jobseekers with permanent disability to find a job and who need regular, ongoing support in the workplace to keep a job.

To find a DES provider go to the DES provider search page

DES Links

Disability Employment Services Grant Agreement – effective 1 July 2018

DES Fact Sheets

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