Disability Employment Services (DES)

If you’re looking for work and living with a disability, mental health condition, treated illness or injury, we can help.

Get tailored support to find the job that’s the right fit for you

CoAct is a leading not-for-profit Disability Employment Services (DES) provider.

As a leading not-for-profit DES provider we’ve helped over 10,000 job seekers get work-ready through our tailored support. 

We start with you. That means creating a pathway to work that’s as unique as you, supporting you every step of the way.  

  • Our friendly local team take the time to get to know you and find out about your goals, health condition, skills and experience.  
  • We’ll work with you to create a job plan and connect you with the right training and holistic support services.  
  • We’ll guide you in your job search and help with your resume, cover letters and job interviews. 
  • Connect to Campus, our online customer portal with loads of job search tools and resources 
  • As well as building your skills and confidence, we can help you access funding to get you job-ready. 
  • Once you’re in work, we’ll continue to support you to thrive. 

How we help you achieve your employment goals

Disability Employment Services (also known as DES) helps people living with disability, mental health conditions, treated illness or injury find work and stay employed. It’s a government program and we’re one of Australia’s leading DES providers.  

Am I eligible for Disability Employment Services?

Each of our programs has different eligibility criteria. You may be eligible for Disability Employment Services (DES) if you are:
  • living with a disability, mental health condition, treated illness or injury that makes it difficult to find and keep a job. This includes living with anxiety or depression, neurodivergence including ADHD and autism, a physical or intellectual disability, learning difficulties, visual or hearing impairment.
  • an Australian citizen or hold a permanent resident, or on a Temporary Protection, Special Category or Safe Haven Visa.
  • aged between 14 and 67.
  • able to work at least 8 hours per week and no more than 30. 
  • are receiving an income support payment.

Get started with CoAct

Step 1
Complete our easy form or call 1800 226 228 and we’ll get back to you within 24 hrs.
Step 2
Meet with our team. We’ll unpack your goals, skills and health condition, and identify the support you need.
Step 3
We’re with you every step of your journey to work, building your skills and confidence to find the right job for you.
Step 4
Our team will provide ongoing support once you are in work.

About DES providers

Providers of Disability Employment Services are called DES Providers. DES Providers are a mix of large, medium and small for-profit and not-for-profit organisations experienced in supporting people with disability, illness and injury, as well as helping employers to support employees with disability in the workplace. Read the DES FAQ.

The CoAct network is a leading not-for-profit DES provider. Find your nearest CoAct location.

DES frequently asked questions

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Need help to find and keep a job? Call us on 1800 226 228 or complete our form and we’ll get back to you within the next 24 hours.

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