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Disability Employment Services: Find Accessible Work

When you have a disability, injury, or illness, finding suitable, finding sustainable employment can be challenging. That’s where Disability Employment Services (DES) can help.

DES is a government-funded initiative that helps people living with a disability find and keep a job they love. The program connects them with employers who understand their individual needs and want to provide them with accessible work

Who is eligible for DES?

You may be referred to DES if you are living with a disability, injury, or health condition that requires additional support at work.  You will need to verify your medical condition with Centrelink, who will then refer you to the DES Program.

To access DES, you must:

  • have a disability, injury, or health condition;
  • be aged at least 14 years but have not yet attained the Age Pension qualifying age;
  • have a future work capacity of at least eight hours per week;
  • be an Australian resident;
  • not be studying full time, unless you are an Eligible School Leaver
  • receive an income support payment, unless you are a:
    • Eligible School Leaver, Special Class Client, or Work Assist

If you are eligible to enrol in DES, Centrelink will ask you to choose a DES provider, like MTC Australia, to access the initiative.

MTC Australia’s priority is our customers. We’re here to connect you with employers who understand your needs and want to help you achieve your goals. With a Provider like us, you will have access to all the support you need to find your ideal job.

How do we help people with disabilities find jobs?

We start with you! At MTC Australia, we want to know what your goals are and who you want to become. Through CoACT, we’re able to help you answer these big questions and set you up to achieve these goals.

Your Recruitment Partner will work with you to identify and understand your health concerns, career goals, recognise your strengths and challenges, and identify jobs and opportunities that are right for you.

Once we’ve developed a customised job search plan, based on your individual needs and health concerns, we put your plan into action by:

  • Providing ongoing support
  • Connecting you with medical professionals, employers, and training opportunities
  • Providing you with training in resume writing and interview skills
  • Helping you every step of the way as you land the job you want

Providing ongoing support

It doesn’t end when you land the job. We want to make sure you settle in and have everything you need to succeed in your new role. Your Recruitment Partner will check in with you regularly to see how you’re going. We can help you get additional support such as:

  • Additional training
  • Personal assistance
  • Medical assistance
  • Facilitating workplace modifications (such as modifications for wheelchair access)
  • Organising workplace support services (such as assistance for adults with special needs)
  • Auslan interpreting in the workplace

We can help your new employers access to subsidies and additional funding to provide you with an accessible environment and the support you need through DES.

Looking for an MTC Australia Location?

Due to COVID 19, all of our programs are currently being delivered online or remotely and visits to our sites is only under exceptional circumstances. If you want to attend a site or speak to one of our staff, please call Customer Care on 1300 232 663.