DISABILITY ROYAL COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING 21
Following the recent Disability Royal Commission hearing 21, examining experiences of people with disability engaging with the Disability Employment Services program the four Provider Peaks, NESA, JA, NDS and DEA met to discuss what had been covered, particularly the case study.
As is stated on the DRC website for hearing 21, “the Royal Commission will examine the DES program and consider whether current laws, policies, funding and oversight cause or contribute to, or operate to prevent, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability who participate in the DES program”.
While we are satisfied that the hearing was reasonable in its approach the Provider Peaks feel it is important to make a public statement. The open letter signed by the Provider Peaks essentially notes that:
• The case study examined in the hearing is not representative of DES practice and providers.
• The DES program and providers have met and exceeded DSS and Government KPIs for employment outcomes for people with disability.
• Continuous improvement is integral to the ongoing success of the DES program.
DES has also released its Good Practice Case Studies Report which demonstrates provider good/best practice leading to employment outcomes that does not get identified through the centralised system.