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KEY INDICATORS INTRODUCTION & CONTEXT Hivetec in partnership with industry specialists undertook a review of the recently published Disability Employment Services Reform (2018) Industry Information Paper. The purpose is to provide detailed analysis regarding the impact of the proposed changes on the DES provider network from 2018 and beyond. Disability Employment Services (DES) is the Australian Government’s specialised employment service for people whose disability is assessed as the main impediment to them gaining employment. It plays an important role in improving the social and economic participation of people with disability. ANNUAL PARTICIPANTS IN DES 180,000+ DES PROVIDERS WHO ARE ALSO JOBACTIVE PROVIDERS 28 COMMENCEMENT PER MONTH APPROX 7,900 DES PROVIDERS IN TOTAL 119 INCREASE IN DES PARTICIPANT LAST 6 YEARS 70% DES SITES THAT ARE ALSO JOBACTIVE 411 DES SITES THAT DELIVER BOTH DES- DMS AND DES-ESS 573

IMPROVING THE PERFORMANCE OF THE DES PROGRAM Over the next four years, the Australian Government will be investing more than $3 billion in (DES) Services and its associated supports to help people with a disability find, secure and keep a job. IMPROVEMENTS The Government has been working with the sector to find ways to improve the performance of the DES program over an extended period. They argue that more people with disability should achieve the social, emotional and financial benefits that work brings. Currently DES provision is delivered by a range of providers (119) in total, these providers are a range of for profit and not for profit entities. Services are delivered from almost (2000) sites across (110) Employment Service Areas. More remote services are delivered under the Premier and Cabinet contracts via the Community Development (CDP) program. DES has two uncapped demand-driven programs, DES-Disability Management Service (DES-DMS) and DES-Employment Support Service (DES-ESS). DES-DMS Provides services to eligible job seekers with disability, injury or health condition who need assistance to find a job and occasional support in the workplace to keep a job. DES-ESS Provides assistance to eligible job seekers with permanent disability to find a job and who need regular, ongoing support in the workplace to keep a job. 1 ESAs do not currently include more remote areas of Australia. Services in remote areas are currently managed via the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Community Development Program (CDP). Disability Employment Services Hivetec Paper 3