Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement

Opportunity for everyone through
employment and inclusion

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:
Participation   |   Meetings   |   Written submissions


Participation in Government and Research 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, National CEO forums

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

CDP Special Interest Group, RSAS Training Strategy Advisory Panel   

Victorian State Government

Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) Networking Conference 


Enhancing Employment Services for Mature Job Seekers Research Advisory Group, Skills IQ Industry Advisory Group, Financial Inclusion Action Plan Advisory Group, Health Benefits of Good Work Signatory Steering Group (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)


NESA participates in numerous meetings on behalf of our members with government officials, including from:

The Australian Government Departments of: Employment  |  Social Services  |  Prime Minister and Cabinet  |  Human Services  |  Education
The Treasury
The Australian National Audit Office
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The National Disability Insurance Agency
State and Territory  Government Departments

NESA also directly engages with  Ministers, Shadow Ministers and parliamentary staff across the Employment, Social Services, Disability Services, Human Services, and Indigenous Affairs portfolios. A collaborative approach across members and stakeholders is critical to shine a light on the key role employment services play in Australia, and to ensure constructive and responsive future policy developments.

Written Submissions

Written submissions in response to parliamentary inquiries, independent reviews, department consultations and sometimes directly to Ministers on NESA’s priority concerns.

Contact us

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 (+61 3 9624 2390) to keep us informed of what’s important to the sector.