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Disability Employment - Help and assistance

What support can I access if I have an employee with disability or I am looking to recruit a person with disability?

There is support available for businesses who intend to employ a person with disability or who currently have an employee with a disclosed disability.

A number of free services are available from Disability Employment Service (DES) Providers, JobAccess and the National Disability Recruitment Coordinator.

Assistance can be in the form of financial contributions, workplace adjustments, job redesign, recruitment, job carving, workplace assessment and on the job training/support.

Commonwealth Government assistance

JobAccess - An information and advisory service funded by the Australian Government. It provides information about government services and incentives for employing people with disability. JobAccess has an easy to use website and a free telephone information and advisory services offering practical workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers.

Disability Employment Services - Provide specialist help for people with disability, injury or a health condition who require support to find and maintain employment. Disability Employment Service (DES) providers bring together people with a disability who are looking for work and employers looking for staff. You can lodge a job vacancy for a person with disability through a DES provider.

There are 2 types of Disability Employment Services:

  • Disability Management Service - For people with disability, illness, or injury who need the help of an employment service but do not expect to need long-term support in the workplace.
  • Employment Support Service - For people with a permanent disability and with an assessed need for longer term, regular, ongoing support in the workplace.

Job Services Australia - A single entry point to a range of service providers. Information on national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces. Provides opportunities for training, skills development, work experience and tailored assistance to help people gain employment and assist employers to fill positions vacant.

National Disability Recruitment Coordinator (NDRC) - Funded by the Federal Government, the NDRC initiative offers free support services to large employers in relation to the recruitment and employment of people with disability.

National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Programme - Works strategically to assist people with disability to access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs. In South Australia the NDCO Program is delivered in partnership with the University of South Australia and TAFE SA Adelaide South.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - A new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability.

The NDIS will deliver a life-long approach to support people with disability through individualised planning processes to identify the reasonable and necessary supports participants need to enable them to achieve their goals. The NDIS gives individuals more choice and control over how, when and where supports are provided. It also focuses on early intervention where getting early supports can reduce the impact of disability on an individual – whether adult or child.

The NDIS will be a significant source of support for participants but is not intended to replace other mainstream supports. Wherever possible the Scheme also assists participants to access mainstream systems. The NDIS is currently being rolled out in stages because it’s a big change to the current disability system.

The South Australian trial of the NDIS, focused on children with disability aged from birth to 14 years, commenced on 1 July 2013. From July 2016, the NDIS will progressively roll out in South Australia and by July 2018, all eligible residents will be covered.

State Government

Disability SA (Department for Communities and Social Inclusion) - Disability SA leads strategic planning, policy development, intake and resource allocation for the disability sector in South Australia. Disability SA also leads funding, contracting and quality monitoring of these services.

Workplace Assistance

Employment Assistance Fund - Helps people with disability and mental health conditions by providing financial assistance to purchase a range of work related modifications and services. Assistance is available for people who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as those who require assistance to find and prepare for work.

Jobs in Jeopardy Assistance - A Federal Government initiative accessed through a DES provider to support workers with disability to continue in employment who are at risk of losing their employment in the immediate future as a result of their illness, injury or disability.

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