Employment Assistance2021-02-16T22:54:48+00:00

Employment Assistance

Employment of people with disability is the responsibility of Australian Government Department of Social Service (DSS). The DSS provides programs and services under the  National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with permanent and significant disability  and Disability Employment Services for people people with disability, injury or health condition who may require assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.

The NDIS supports for people to have more choice and control by providing funding to those who are eligible to chose their supports. For more information go to the NDIS Employment page.

Two find out more about Disability Employment Services go to the Job Access website.

Disability Employment Services

Disability Employment Services have two streams:

• Disability Management Services are for job seekers with a disability, injury or health condition who need the assistance of a Disability Employment Service and who might need irregular or occasional support in the workplace. (Program A)

• Employment Support Service  is designed specifically for job seekers with permanent disability who require regular ongoing support in the workplace. (Program B)

Disability Employment Services are available  only people to with a permanent (or likely permanent) disability, and provide longer term, more personalised support to build capacity, look for work and stay in employment. With the introduction of DES access to training will also form part of the assistance provided. Some financial assistance is available to participants to obtain work related items or training, but is subject to negotiation with each provider. The service provides access to the Wage Subsidy Scheme and assistance to access the Supported Wage System and Workplace Modifications Scheme.

Special measures are in place to;

  • Provide support for school leavers with disability to look for work

  • Provide support for existing workers with disability whose employment is in jeopardy as a result of their disability

  • Provide support for pre-release prisoners with disability to look for work

  • Provide support for specific disability types from specialist providers

Job Access

JobAccess is an easy to use web site and a free telephone information and advice service where you can access confidential, expert advice on the employment of people with disability. It offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers.

The web site has been designed to provide information developed specifically for employers, job seekers and employees with disability, co-workers of people with disability and Australian Government employment service providers. It has step by step guides and checklists on recruitment, job searching, adjusting a workplace, employer incentives, understanding rights and responsibilities at work and much more.

Contact them on 1800 464 800 or online:


To find your nearest Disability Employment Services Provider follow this link;

Job Search Provider

National Disability Insurance Scheme Supports

School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES)

SLES offers those who are NDIS eligible support for up to 2 years after finishing year 12 to help get ready for work and plan pathways to employment. SLES supports are be tailored to meet individual employment goals. This may include:

  • Work experience in open employment
  • Job skills training
  • Travel training

The NDIA works with Education to support students with disability to make a smooth transition into SLES or other employment supports.

SLES and other service systems

The NDIS will be responsible for funding supports that assist people with disability prepare for, and take part in work where the person has work capacity but needs some more support before receiving ongoing employment support through existing systems.

Employment services and programs, including both disability-targeted and open employment services, will continue to be responsible for providing advice and support to:

  • People with disability to prepare for, find and maintain jobs;
  • Encourage employers to hire and be inclusive of people with disability in the workplace (e.g. support, training and resources, funding assistance to help employers make reasonable adjustments, and incentives for hiring people with disability , such as wage subsidies).

Australian Disability Enterprises

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are part of a continuum of employment opportunities for people with disability and act as a link, helping them gain training and experience to confidently step into open employment or to continue in supported employment if they choose.

ADEs support people with moderate to severe disability to engage in a wide variety of work tasks such as packaging, assembly, production, recycling, screen printing, plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping, cleaning services, laundry services and food services.

ADEs offer similar working conditions as other employers and an opportunity for people with a disability to contribute and connect to their local community.

Funding of ADEs is gradually transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS supports people with permanent and significant disability to have more choice and control. The NDIS will deliver a new system of individually tailored support for people with disability based on need, where funding goes to the individual.

BuyAbility is a network of forward thinking Disability Enterprises and social procurement specialists. Our expertise is in linking government and private businesses with more than 600 locations of Disability Enterprises across Australia.


An Access Request can be made two ways:

  • A Verbal Access Request (VAR) can be made over the phone by calling the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) on 1800 800 110, or
  • A paper Access Request Form (ARF) can be filled out. These forms are available from your local NDIS office.