Consultation period

7 December 2017 - 9:00 am To 16 March 2018 - 5:00 pm

A Strong Future for Supported Employment


This consultation has now closed.

Supported employment plays a vital role in improving the social and economic participation of many people with disability in Australia.

The Department of Social Services consulted with stakeholders on the development of the Government’s supported employment policy.

People with disability and their families and carers, Australian Disability Enterprises, employers of people with disability, peak bodies and other interested stakeholders were invited to make a written submission on any or all of the 20 questions raised in the discussion paper: ‘Ensuring a strong future for supported employment’.

The paper focused on:

  • principles to guide the Government’s future policy direction for supported employment
  • strategies to support employment participation for people with disability
  • strategies to support employers and service providers to provide effective employment opportunities, and
  • strategies to facilitate greater choice and control for NDIS participants.


The Department ran workshops to consult with people with disability, the sector and other key stakeholders on the future of supported employment.

Registrations are now closed. Please note: Workshop places are limited. Registering your interest does not guarantee you will be provided a workshop placement. However, the Department will endeavour to ensure all workshops represent a range of stakeholders. If selected, you will be contacted by the Department in February 2018 inviting your participation. The Department will not be providing funding support to attend workshops.

City Date and time
Hobart Wednesday 21 February 2018, 10am – 2pm
Melbourne Thursday 22 February 2018, 10am – 2pm
Melbourne Friday 23 February 2018, 10am-2pm
Canberra Monday 26 February 2018, 10am-2pm
Sydney Tuesday 27 February 2018, 10am – 2pm
Sydney Wednesday 28 February 2018, 10am-2pm
Brisbane Thursday 1 March 2018, 10am – 2pm
Brisbane Friday 2 March 2018, 10am-2pm
Perth Tuesday 6 March 2018, 10am – 2pm
Adelaide Wednesday 7 March 2018, 10am – 2pm