What are Disability Employment Services?
Disability Employment Services (DES) is an Australian Government initiative that helps people with disability find and maintain meaningful employment. EPIC Assist is a Disability Employment Services provider. We are experts in providing a personalised service to help people with disability achieve their employment goals. We support people through the Disability Employment Services program, as well as supporting independent job seekers.
What type of services do Disability Employment Service providers offer?
There are two types of services which Disability Employment Service providers offer.
Disability Management Services
Disability Management Services (DMS) help people who have a disability, illness or injury find and keep a job. Job seekers may then need occasional support at work to succeed in their role for the long-term.
Employment Support Services
Employment Support Services (ESS) help people who have a permanent disability, illness or injury find and keep a job. Job seekers need long-term, regular support from their Disability Service provider to ensure they continue to succeed in their role.
EPIC is a provider of both types of service.
When you’re looking for a job:
- discover your interests, strengths and talents
- develop and regularly review your personalised job plan
- create a great resume, prepare job applications, practice interview skills and attend job interviews
- identify your skill gaps and offer additional training
- connect with like-minded employers who align with your career goals.
- When you have a job:
- support you on-the-job in your workplace
- assist you to travel to and from your workplace
- purchase appropriate work clothes
- adjust your workplace to suit your needs.
EPIC's point of difference
EPIC’s point of difference lies in how we interact with our job seekers and employers once you are in your role. We stay on your employment journey for as long as you need us. That means we’ll work alongside you in your workplace, teaching and supporting you until you feel comfortable without us – that could be 6 months, a year, or longer.
This is something that is not typical in the Disability Employment Services sector. By providing this individualised service, we exceed the Australian average in keeping people with disability in work for more than 12 months by almost 10%. In two of our major cohorts, Autism and Intellectual Impairment, 6 out of 10 people continue to be employed after 1 year.
How is DES changing in 2018
From 1 July 2018, the way Disability Employment Service providers deliver their services changed. It’s a change that we have enjoyed at EPIC, as it has placed choice and control back in the hands of our job seekers.
The changes mean you have more power to choose and change your Disability Employment Service provider, and have more say in the services you receive, and when. Find out more about how the 2018 changes in Disability Employment Services will impact you.
How can I access Disability Employment Services as a job seeker?
Job seekers are usually referred to Disability Employment Service providers through Centrelink. You can call the Centrelink employment services line to find out if you are eligible to access Disability Employment Services. You have the power to choose EPIC as your Disability Employment Service provider. When you call Centrelink explain that you would like EPIC to be your provider.
Alternatively, you can contact EPIC directly, and we will work with Centrelink to ensure you can access our services.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a job seeker with EPIC contact us today.
You can also stay up to date with the changes to Disability Employment Services on the Australian Job Access website.
If you are a job seeker with disability, read more about how we can help you find and keep a job you love.
If you are an employer, we can help you hire an employee with disability who is the perfect fit for your business.