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Disability Employment Services

Disability Employment Services (DES) helps people with a disability, injury or health condition find and keep a job.

Our goal is to find employment solutions that work for our participants, their needs, skills, experience and interests.

As a DES provider we help employers find staff for their business by referring potential employees, helping the new employee settling into the job, work place modifications (if needed) and providing wage subsidies for employing an eligible participant.

DES provides eligible participants with access to tailored help based on their assessed needs. This could include help looking for work, writing a résumé, preparing for interviews, referrals to jobs, training and help to settle into a job including work place modifications (if needed).

How can Disability Employment Services (DES) help you?

Find out how CVGT’s DES can assist you, whether you are a job seeker looking for work or an employer looking for staff. Watch the video below to learn more.

CVGT’s DES helps Kyle find a job.

About the program

Disability Employment Services (DES) is an Australian Government program that helps people with disability, injury or health condition (including anxiety and depression) find and keep a job.

CVGT were successful in its grant application bid and commencing July 1, 2019 expanded the DES service from seven employment services areas across Victoria to 18 across Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

The current program commenced July 2018 and will run until mid-2023. Under the new program framework, DES participants now have greater choice and control about the services they receive and how they receive them.

Through DES, participants may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job through one of two streams:

Employment Support Service – A service for job seekers with permanent disability who have an assessed need for long term, ongoing support in the workplace.
Disability Management Service – A service for job seekers with disability, injury or health condition who require the assistance of a DES, but are not expected to need long-term support in the workplace.

I am looking for work

As a Disability Employment Services (DES) provider, we will work with you to develop an individually tailored program to strengthen employment outcomes for you. Together, we will increase your work-readiness skills, build on your strengths and interests and link you with potential employers.

There are three ways job seekers can access this service:

Referral from Centrelink – Centrelink will assess your current capacity for work to ensure you receive the most appropriate assistance.
Contacting CVGT Australia direct – You may need to undergo an assessment to determine your eligibility.
Transfer – To transfer to CVGT Australia, call the National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260 or email nationalcustomerserviceline@employment.gov.au and ask to transfer to CVGT.

Once you have a job, we will stay in touch and support you and your new employer, this is called post placement support (PPS). PPS ensures that should any problem arise, it can be resolved quickly  to ensure continuity of employment. This means that you have the best chance of finding the right job and staying employed.

Contact us to see if you’re eligible for this employment program and for more information on how DES can help you find and keep a job.

I am looking for staff

People with disability bring a range of skills, talents and abilities to the workplace.

If you’re looking for staff, as your local Disability Employment Service (DES) provider, CVGT can help you find the right staff for your business. Our staff will talk to you to understand your business and staffing needs. Then we’ll match this to our extensive database of quality candidates to deliver the right match for your business. We’ll be with you every step of the way.

Our free recruitment services include:

Screened and job ready candidates
Pre-employment training and work related equipment (if needed)
Support while your new employee settles in
Funding for workplace modifications (if needed)
Access to wage subsidies of up to $10,000 (when you employ an eligible job seeker)
Diversity in your workplace.

Contact us to give your business access to our pool of job-ready candidates who have the right attitude and skills to work for you.


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