Disability Employment Services
Disability Employment Services, supports job seekers with disability, injury or health conditions, services are designed to assist job seekers to prepare for, find and keep a job. DES is managed by the Department of Social Services and forms part of the portfolio responsibilities of the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services. DES Providers are currently contracted up to 4 March 2018.
There are two types of Disability Employment Services...
Disability Management Service - is for job seekers with disability, injury or health condition who need assistance to find a job and occasional support to keep a job.
DES providers are a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that are experienced in supporting job seekers with disability and experienced helping businesses to put in place practices that support the employee in the workplace.
DES providers work with job seekers to provide a suitable and flexible mix of services that meet their individual needs and assist them to obtain sustainable employment.
DES participants are considered eligible for services if they have a disability, injury or health condition, are aged between 14-65 years of age, have an assessed future work capacity of at least 8 hours per week, are an Australian resident, not studying full time and not working at or above their assessed Employment Benchmark Hours.  As of 31 July 2016, approximately 183,191 job seekers currently participate in DES.
There are 133 DES providers servicing 110 Employment Service Areas (ESA’s) nationally -
*DES ESA’s are mapped to jobactive Employment Regions however there are some minor border variances in some locations.