Registered with Workforce Australia but have a disability, illness or injury?

11 September 2020

Registered with Workforce Australia but have a disability, illness or injury?

Signed up to Workforce Australia this year?

It’s estimated that 12,000 people using Workforce Australia could receive even greater benefits from the more specialised support offered by Disability Employment Services (DES). 


What is Disability Employment Services (DES)?

Disability Employment Services (DES) is the government’s employment service for people with disability, injury, illness or health condition. The program helps individuals find, prepare for and keep a job.  

Along with our network of local Service Partners, CoAct are leaders in disability employmentWe help individuals all over the country, both in the short-term to find a job, and in the long-term so they feel supported and stay in that job. 


What’s the difference between DES and Workforce Australia (previously jobactive)?

DES has been specifically designed for people with disability and other health and mental health conditions in mind, whilst Workforce Australia / jobactive caters to the wider population of people looking for work 

When you sign up for our Disability Employment Services, you’ll have a local team of specialists who will take the time to get to know you and understand your goals. This allows us to give you the best support as we look for work together.  

DES also offers:  

  • ongoing personal support 
  • working with your medical and support services to help you find and keep a job 
  • helping with workplace modifications, support services and Auslan interpreting 
  • specialist experience in a range of areas including mental health, youth services, moderate intellectual disabilities and vision impairment. 


Am I eligible for DES?

You might be eligible for DES if you’re: 

  • living with a disability, injury, treated illness or health condition that makes it difficult to find and keep a job. This includes living with physical or intellectual disability, learning difficulties, mental health conditions or those that are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired. 
  • an Australian citizen or hold a Permanent resident, Temporary Protection, Special Category or Safe Haven Visa 
  • aged between 14 and 65 and older than the minimum legal working age in your state or territory. Find out more about your legal working age here: 
  • able to work at least 8 hours per week 


Register your interest for DES

We can guide you through switching from Workforce Australia to DES.  

We’ve helped over 10,000 people get back into work through DES and are one of Australia’s leading providers. We work closely with our experienced Service Partners that have local knowledge and connections. Together, we understand disability and work hard to find you a job. 

Register for Disability Employment Services. 

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