Disability Employment Services

Services that can help you find and keep a job if you have a disability, illness or injury.

Mutual obligation and participation requirements are temporarily paused for people in some flood affected areas of NSW. Read more about the mutual obligation and participation requirements pause.

How they can help you

Disability Employment Service (DES) providers can help if you’re looking for work or have a job placement.

If you’re looking for work, a DES provider can help you:

  • get ready to work
  • train in specific job skills
  • write your resumé
  • train in interview skills
  • look for jobs that suit you.

Once your DES provider places you in a job, they can also help you with:

  • on-the-job training
  • speaking to your boss and co-workers
  • ongoing support in your job
  • modifying your workplace
  • Auslan at work.

If you risk losing your job due to illness, injury or disability, you can get help from Work Assist.

Mutual obligation requirements

You’ll need to meet your mutual obligation requirements while participating in Disability Employment Services.

These requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do while getting certain payments from us.

How to register

You can register for DES through us or direct through a provider.

To register through us, you can either:

We may suggest you get an Employment Services Assessment.

To register through a provider:

  • find a DES provider through the JobAccess website
  • contact them and ask to register.

The DES provider may refer you to us for an Employment Services Assessment if you need one.

Read more about Disability Employment Services on the JobAccess website.

Where you can get other advice

JobAccess

The JobAccess service can give you or your employer advice. It provides employment support for people with disability, illness or injury.

Read more on the JobAccess website about other disability employment support. You can also call 1800 464 800 to talk with a JobAccess Advisor.

Mid-Career Checkpoint Program

The Mid-Career Checkpoint Program may be able to help you return to work or upgrade skills to be job ready. It’s currently in its pilot stage and available to parents or carers living in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. You may be able to access up to $3,000 to support accredited training.

It’s available to parents or carers who have either:

  • been out of the workforce for at least 6 months due to caring responsibilities
  • recently returned to paid work.

You may also be eligible if you’re working in certain industries and are at risk of losing your job due to COVID-19.

Find out if you’re eligible for the Mid-Career Checkpoint Program on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Page last updated: 2 August 2022