Am I eligible for DES?

Am I eligible for DES?

Jobseekers are generally eligible for Disability Employment Services (DES) if they:

  • have a disability, injury or health condition
  • are aged at least 14 but have not yet attained the Age Pension qualifying age
  • are at or above the minimum legal working age in their state or territory
  • are an Australian resident or eligible Visa holder
  • are not studying full time (there is an exception – see below); and
  • have a valid Employment Services Assessment (ESAt) or Job Capacity Assessment (JCA) recommending DES with a Future Work Capacity of eight or more hours per week; and
  • are not working at or above their assessed work capacity (not applicable for Work Assist Participants and people who receive National Disability Insurance Scheme funding for supported employment, and/or Australian Disability Enterprise participants).

There are special eligibility arrangements for specific jobseekers, which permit access to DES without an ESAt. These are:

  • Eligible School Leavers – full time, final year secondary school students with significant disability or young people transitioning from an eligible state or territory transition to work program or School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES).
  • Special Class Clients (for DES-DMS only) – jobseekers who have acquired a disability, injury or illness as a result of being present at, and directly affected by, notified events such as the Bali and London bomb attacks and the December 2004 Tsunami.
  • Work Assist – eligible workers who are having difficulty fulfilling the essential requirements of their role due to their injury, disability or health condition and are seeking assistance from a DES provider.

Call our DES team on 1800 226 228 or email [email protected] to discuss your eligibility for Disability Employment Services (DES).

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