NESA’s guiding vision is opportunity for all through employment and inclusion, and a key part of achieving this is representing the sector to Government: making sure the concerns, queries and suggestions of people delivering Employment Services are heard and understood by policy makers.
We do this in a range of ways through:
Meetings with relevant Ministers and with officials from the Departments of Education, Employment, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Health, Human Services, Social Services and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as from bodies such as the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Written submissions in response to parliamentary inquiries, independent reviews, department consultations and sometimes directly to Ministers on NESA’s priority concerns. (You can see our submissions here).
Participation in Government advisory and reference groups, notably:
Department of Employment
Work for the Dole Advisory Group | jobactive Operations and Practice Advisory Group | jobactive Performance Framework Working Group
Department of Social Services
Minister’s National Disability and Carers Advisory Council | Minister’s Employment Reform Working Group of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council: (Sally Sinclair chairs this group) | Minister’s Disability Employment Services Reference Group | Disability Employment Services Operational Working Group
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
CDP Special Interest Group | RSAS Training Strategy Advisory Panel
NESA has established strong and enduring relationships with key departmental officials and successive Ministers, and we benefit from a respected and politically independent position.
But of course, to be able to do all this effectively, we depend on our members participation in NESA working groups and forums or less formally getting in touch with us at any time by email or by phone to keep us informed of what’s important to the sector.