Hiring and supporting people with disability

Employing people with disability makes good business sense. Get the support you need from CoAct.

One in five Australians lives with disability. Tap into this vast talent pool and employ a diverse workforce

We’re employment experts who help businesses find, recruit and retain exceptional people. We do this through Disability Employment Services. We work with individuals who are living with a mental health condition, treated illness, injury or disability.

In today’s business landscape, fostering diversity and inclusion is a strategic imperative that fuels innovation, productivity, and overall success. At CoAct, we believe in unlocking the full potential of your workforce by advocating for the employment of people living with disability.

Embracing an inclusive hiring approach is not just about meeting regulatory requirements or fulfilling social responsibility; it’s a pathway to achieving unparalleled business growth and creating a workplace that thrives on diversity.

Through Disability Employment Services (DES), CoAct can help your organisation not only exceed your business goals but make a positive impact on the lives of people living with disabilities.

Access free support for your business

  • Advice on accessing wage subsidies
  • Advice on accessing the Employment Assistance Fund
  • Information about Payroll Tax Exemptions (NSW only)
  • Free recruitment and workforce planning services
  • Ongoing support to retain staff
  • On-the-job training and diversity education
  • Advice on job carving
  • Advice on workplace modifications and assistive technology
  • Advice on accessing the Employment Assistance Fund
  • Assistance to put together return-to-work plans after illness or injury

Chat with our disability employment experts.

Access funding

We’ll help you navigate the funding and training opportunities available for your organisation.

Wage Subsidy

Wage subsidies may be available to businesses that hire eligible individuals, up to a maximum of $10,000 when you fill an ongoing position.

Wage Start

Up to $6,000 for businesses employing a long-term unemployed jobseeker in a new job for a minimum of 15 hours a week.

Wage Subsidy Scheme

Up to $1,650 for eligible employers when employing a jobseeker registered with Disability Employment Services.

Restart Wage Subsidy

Up to $10,000 for qualifying businesses employing eligible jobseekers aged 50 or over.

Employment Assistance Fund

Financial help for eligible employers and jobseekers to buy work-related modifications and services.

Work Assist

Solutions and funding to support employees with a verified disability or medical condition to return to or stay in work.

Our process

Step 1 Enquire
Make an enquiry by calling 1800 226 228 or completing our form.
Step 2 Discuss
A CoAct employment specialist will reach out to discuss your recruitment needs.
Step 3 Recruit
Our team will identify skilled and experienced candidates for your job vacancy.
Step 4 Support
We'll continue to support you and your new employee for up to 12 months

Register a job vacancy

Tell us about your job vacancy to connect with top talent effortlessly! We'll be in touch to discuss sharing your opportunity with our job seekers in your local area.

Recruitment case studies

View the inspiring stories of CoAct customers who have found fulfilling employment through Disability Employment Services (DES).

Employer testimonials

"It's been so easy with CoAct / Interact Australia. The benefit of it is so much larger than the small amount of effort that organisations need to put in place."
Chris, Aurora Energy
“I wouldn’t have considered working with people with disability before because it felt like it was too hard. Having had the first few candidates being such successful employees, I’ve really changed my mind. In the future, I’ll be making sure any workplace I’m in is an inclusive one for people with disability."
Priya, Pizza Hut franchisee
"Lynne came in for an interview and we worked out that she's been unemployed for more than 30 years. So, we started off slowly. She started to get more confident and now she works the same hours as everybody else. "
Bernadette, Aunty Bea’s Designs
"We made contact with CoAct / Interact Australia and they gave us a few options. Tom's amazing! He fits in so well."
Chris, Aurora Energy

Real stories

Everybody has a story. Read how we support our job seekers on their unique journey to employment.

Employer news and resources

The latest news from CoAct and our service partners, plus employer resources.

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