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 Education, Skills and Employment
ParentsNext Stakeholder Working Group, IT Advisory Group, Early Adopters Innovators Forum, Operations and Practice Advisory Group, jobactive Performance Framework Working Group, Future Employment Services Reference Group, National CEO forums

Department of Social Services
Minister’s National Disability and Carers Advisory Council (NDAC), 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, Disability Advisory Committee

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet & National Indigenous Australians Agency
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), VET Stakeholder Committee


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

The Australian Government Departments of: Education, Skills and Employment  |  Social Services  |  Prime Minister and Cabinet & National Indigenous Australians Agency  |  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.