NESA activity and achievements
An outline of NESA activity and achievements over 2016/2017 year
Improving employment outcomes for people with disability
- NESA CEO Sally Sinclair was appointed by the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services to the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council and subsequently she was also appointed as Chair of the Employment Reform Working Group (a sub-committee of the Council). This working group is tasked with advising on implementing the National Disability Strategy and is concerned with the entire population of people with disability – those eligible for NDIS, DES, jobactive and those not currently eligible for any employment services. Sally is the only representative on this high level Council from a peak body associated with employment services.
- Publication of a submission ‘Opportunity through Employment’ in response to the 2016 DES reform discussion paper, and continued to advocate for ‘evolution’ not ‘revolution’ of DES.
- Member consultation on DES Reform including offering opportunities for direct feedback to officials in NESA forums.
- Representation on the DES Reform Reference Group and the DES Operational working group.
- Submission to the Senate on achieving the National Disability Strategy accessibility objectives.
Improving employment outcomes for young people
- State-based Youth Employment forums held in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
- Consultation and advocacy to the Department and Ministers on implementation of Youth PaTH
- Published submissions on the procurement of Employability Skills Training Panel and the Youth Job PaTH legislation
- Transition to Work Special Interest Group which addressed implementation and teething issues
- Representation and feedback on operational material including guidelines.
- Advice and representation to the Minister’s office and the Department on key operational concerns including: transparency and timelines in the business reallocation processes and with regard to the Indigenous Outcome Targets; Star Ratings; business viability; underspend of the employment fund; Work for the Dole acquittal process; serious incidents and Targeted Pre-Employment Training (seeking removal of the approval process which has now occurred).
- Participation in working groups on the performance framework and operations.
Published submissions on: the Industry Paper on Indigenous Outcome Targets; the Industry Information paper on Business Reallocation and improving Indigenous peoples’ outcomes.
- Representation on the development of the Seasonal Work Incentives Trial and maximum time with provider guidelines.
- Developed a toolkit to assist employment service providers when they encounter job seekers impacted by Family Violence, either as victims or perpetrators.
Improving employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians
- Consultation and final submission on Closing the Gap in Employment Outcomes for Indigenous Australians
- Instigated and participated in a cross-government summit on Indigenous employment led by Ministers Scullion and Cash.
- Provision of Indigenous Cultural Competence training for providers through our Industry partners
- Indigenous Employment Forum with employers signed up to the Indigenous procurement Initiative, providers and cultural experts.
Improving outcomes for people in remote areas
- Convened the Community Development Programme Special Interest Group which gathers sector views and provides feedback directly to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on key sector concerns.
- Keynote presentation at the International Indigenous Employment Symposium (New Zealand)
- Continued support and capacity building opportunities for the Remote School Attendance Strategy providers. This featured as one of the positive stories in the Prime Minister’s 2017 Closing the Gap Report.
- Written submission on how to optimise performance of CDP.
- Advocacy around future procurement support and assistance.
- Provision of Mental Health First Aid training across remote Australia.
Improving employment services overall and capacity support for the sector
- NESA’s Federal Budget Priorities 2017 and budget information for NESA members.
- Post-Budget CEOs Retreat.
- Invited to participate in Consultative Design Workshops on Try, Test and Learn Fund. Sally was also invited to appear on Lateline to discuss this new Investment Approach announced by the Minister for Social Services.
- 2016 Annual National Conference attended by recently reappointed Ministers following the 2016 election.
- Offered 100 places of fully subsidised employment services capacity building training at no charge to NSW providers.
- Published the 7th biennial Employment Services Workforce Remuneration and HR Practices Survey.
- Published submission to the House of Representatives on Innovation and Creativity: workforce for the new economy
- NESA’s CEO, as Vice Chair of the LEED Partnership OECD Forum, led a session in Prague on inclusive economic development.
- NESA’s CEO was an invited speaker at the 8th Annual Employment and Skills Strategies in Southeast Asia (ESSSA) and 4th Regional Policy Dialogue on TVET (Cebu, Phillipines) and the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES) in Japan.
- Participation in numerous meetings and advisory groups to ensure employment services are well understood and supported within broader and allied sectors, including:
A strategic advisory group convened by the Royal College of Physicians which aims to promote the health benefits of good work.
A Research Advisory Group providing expert advice and strategic guidance on enhancing employment opportunities for older Australians.
Skills IQ which is the Industry advisory group for training packages related to our sector.
Hosting a number of international delegations to provide in-depth overview and insight into Australian Employment Service.