Disability Employment Services

If you are living with a spinal cord injury you may wish to work or to return to work. There are many jobs available for people with disabilities, and the Disability Support Service can help you find the right one, and keep it.

Disability Employment Services[edit]

Disability Employment Services (DES) are a national network of organisations funded by the Australian Government to help people with disabilities find and retain work. DES provides support and assistance to you, your family, carers and employers. DES adapts their services to your particular needs and those of your employer.

They understand that each job-seeker is different, and will require different assistance. Their key purpose is to support you in training, work experience and then to help you obtain and maintain suitable employment.

DES can also help employers to access a range of financial supports and incentives.

When you contact DES they will arrange for an assessment. This is in order to place you into one of two programs:

Disability Management Service[edit]

You will be placed in this program if you have a disability, injury or health condition which requires assistance when initially starting or returning to work, but it is not expected that you will need long-term support in your workplace. This program is most appropriate for a person with a spinal cord injury.

Employment Support Service[edit]

If you have a permanent disability and you are assessed as needing more long-term, regular support in your workplace, you will be placed in this program.

Further information[edit]

Check the website] to see more information about the services that DES offers, and how they can help you.

Job Access[edit]

JobAccess is an information and advice service funded by the Australian Government. It offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers. You can find information at JobAccess about Disability Employment Services and the Employment Assistance Fund.

Employment Assistance Fund[edit]

The Employment Assistance Fund helps people with disability 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. Guidelines and application forms are available on the Job Access site.

The fund may reimburse the cost of work related modifications and services for things like:

  • the cost of modifications to the physical work environment
  • modifications to work vehicles
  • adaptive equipment for the workplace