Consultation period

17 June 2024 - 4:00 pm To 30 July 2024 - 5:00 pm

A new specialist disability employment program – Consultation

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As part of the 2024-25 Budget, the Australian Government has announced that a new specialist disability employment program will commence on 1 July 2025. The new program will replace the current Disability Employment Services (DES) program.

The new program will focus on assisting people with disability, injury and/or a health condition to find and maintain sustainable employment. The new program will be delivered by high-quality providers with a diversity of expertise helping people with disability into employment. Providers will place participants and employers at the centre of their service design and build meaningful relationships with both participants and employers.

Consultation on the new specialist disability employment program

The Department of Social Services will continue to engage with the sector as the design of the new disability employment program is finalised. There will be a number of opportunities for employment and disability service providers; people with disability, their families and carers; disability advocates; employers and other interested stakeholders to have their say on the final design as part of the implementation and transition to the new program.

Information released as part of this consultation and stakeholder engagement process will be made available on this site. This may include papers, slides used during presentations and recordings of any livestreamed events.

Information about the new specialist disability employment program will also be released on the Department of Social Services website as it becomes available.

Current and past consultation and stakeholder engagement

Please note the following engagement activities and their status.

Information papers

The Department of Social Services is developing information papers to provide more detailed information about the new disability employment program on specific topics. These will be shared in advance of the Exposure Draft of the Request to Tender (RFT) expected to be released mid 2024.

The information papers take into account questions that have been asked about the reforms to date and include further questions for consideration.

National Employment Services Australia (NESA) Conference – Better Together, Connecting for First Nations Employment

The NESA National Conference on First Nations Employment was held in Cairns on 18 and 19 June 2024.

During the conference, the Department also provided a summary on DES Reforms.

Disability Employment Australia: Conference

The Disability Employment Australia (DEA) Conference was held 11-13 June 2024.

During the conference, Mr Julian Hill MP, presented on reforms to the disability employment system to support more Australians living with disability into work. The Department also provided a summary on DES Reforms.

2024-25 Budget – Disability Employment Reforms – Post-budget briefing event (Closed)

On 23 May 2024, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Amanda Rishworth MP, and the Department of Social Services held a live event providing details on the Disability Employment Reforms announced in the 2024-25 Budget.

Details, including a recording of the event, copies of the slides and transcripts are available via DSS Engage.

How to provide feedback

The next formal feedback process will be through the Exposure Draft of the RFT. Further information will be provided shortly about the formal RFT Exposure Draft, consultations and time frames for the Tender process. Feedback received will inform the final RFT.

The Department of Social Services welcomes further feedback and questions at any time. This may be provided through peak bodies or Disability Representative Organisations. Feedback or questions can also be provided directly to DESConsultations@dss.gov.au.