Job with a disability – where do I start?

By September 18, 2019My Career
Two individuals smiling at the camera
Two of Achieve’s supported workers at their Job in Newington

According to the State of the Disability Sector Reportrecently released by the National Disability Services (NDS), as of June 2018, only 2% of NDIS supports for people over 25 years and 5.2% of supports for people 15 to 24 years, were for employment.  As a result, low levels of employment for people with disability means that the Australian economy is missing out. The NDS Sector Report states that not only is it bad for Australia’s economy, but it is also a cause of poverty and isolation for people with disability. But then you have a disability, knowing where to look for work can be hard.

Even more importantly, many people with disability want to go to work, to earn an income and to be part of a connected and inclusive society. For Australians with disability who are looking for employment there are two types of specialist agencies that provide the necessary resources and assistance along the way: Disability Employment Services (DES) and Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE). 

Disability Employment Services (DES)

The DES is comprised of a network of organisations across Australia which deliver employment assistance to job seekers with disability. By offering a range of different supports these organisations can provide specialist help to aid in the search for a job.

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE)

Australian Disability Enterprises are businesses that enable people with disability to participate in the regular workforce – through jobs such as packaging, printing, laundry, landscaping, and manufacturing. Across Australia there are around 20,000 individuals working in over 600 different Disability Enterprises, and they enjoy the same working conditions as the general work force.

If you are seeking employment, there are opportunities and supports available through our My Career services. 

Contact Achieve to discuss your needs on 1300 22 44 38 or visit our My Career page.

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