NESA member policy consultation and engagement
We invite you to participate in the various NESA member information and consultation groups. They provide an opportunity for your organisation to discuss industry views, best practice, project development, trends and operational issues with NESA, industry peers and relevant government officials. They can help keep you abreast of emerging trends and policy changes.
NESA advocacy on behalf of our members in the Employment Services Industry is shaped and informed by a range of member consultation and engagement processes alongside other evidence gathering and policy analysis methods. Member consultation and engagement processes include:
Member outreach and surveys
NESA regularly conducts structured interviews with a representative range of members and wider member surveys in response to particular issues of concern or programme milestones. The information gathered complements advice from special interest groups, queries to the policy helpdesk and department data and has proved a valuable resource that can directly inform policy and operations improvements.
Hot topic and leaders forums
NESA forums offer members valuable information and strategic advice about developments in the employment and related services industry. They provide an opportunity for members to share their reflections, concerns and proposals with relevant Department staff and Ministers. NESA forums are solutions-focussed and frequently prove to be productive change agents..
Special interest and taskforce groups
These provide a regular forum for members to discuss key issues, opportunities and challenges for a specific programme area, cohort or crosscutting issue. Current groups include the following:
- The IT Reference and Reports Group reviews technical, systems and reporting requirements for current issues and future developments in employment services for providers and Departments. To find out more or get involved please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Transition to Work (TTW) Special Interest Group offers an opportunity for TTW providers to share, test and discuss issues arising with implementation of this new programme. To find out more or get involved please contact - email@example.com.
- The jobactive Taskforce made up of senior management and organisational leaders implementing jobactive, provided valuable evidence and impetus to inform NESA’s successful advocacy on reducing the administration burden related to Work for the Dole amongst other matters. To find out more or get involved please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Disability Employment Services (DES) Taskforce is an opportunity for members to share views about the current and future DES programme. To find out more or get involved please contact - email@example.com.
- The Community Development Programme (CDP) Special Interest Group has been informed through its close relationships with CDP providers. To find out more or get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Future NESA groups, forums and investigations
NESA aims to provide solutions-focussed, and up-to-date advocacy and support for members. This means the approach to member consultation and engagement is flexible. In future we anticipate undertaking member engagement and consultation activity around the following matters:
- Employment services performance frameworks including quality assurance and contract compliance across all programmes.
- Workforce development including consideration of policy changes that impact on capacity and capability of staff in employment services.
- Employer engagement including identification of emerging good practice.
- Strategies to support Indigenous job seekers including those in remote, regional and urban populations and consideration of the ways in which Australia can close the gap in employment outcomes. A recent NESA members’ only forum on this topic connected members with employers and highlighted how organisations can benefit from the opportunities presented by government procurement.