Useful information and resources

Government Programs

Disability Employment Services

Disability Employment Services (DES) provide specialist help for people with disability who require support to find and maintain sustainable employment. The program is delivered by a network of organisations around Australia.

Disability Employment Services consists of two distinct programs:

  • Disability Management Service for job seekers with disability, injury or health condition who require the assistance of a disability employment service but are not expected to need long-term support in the workplace.
  • Employment Support Service for job seekers with permanent disability and with an assessed need for more long-term, regular support in the workplace.

Higher Education Disability Support Program

The Higher Education Disability Support Program provides funding to eligible higher education providers to undertake activities that assist in removing barriers to access for students with disabilities. It consists of three components:

  • Additional Support for Students with Disabilities (ASSD)
  • The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET)
  • Performance-based Disability Support Funding

Job Access

JobAccess is an information and advice service funded by the Australian Government. It offers help and workplace solutions for people with disability and their employers. JobAccess is an initiative of the Australian Government to support the employment of people with disability. It includes a comprehensive, easy to use web site and a free telephone information and advice service where you can access confidential, expert advice on the employment of people with disability.

Legislation

Disability Discrimination Act

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992, provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability. It encourages everyone to provide information and services in a non-discriminatory and accessible manner.

Please visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website for more information on the Disability Discrimination Act, 1992.

NDCO brochure

This is an information brochure on the NDCO program.

Other Useful Links

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.

For more information please visit the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities website.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation that works to protect and promote the human rights of all people in Australia. The Australian Human Rights Commission contains a large amount of information on rights of people with disability.

For more information visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

ADCET

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) provides information and resources to support the work of disability practitioners in the postsecondary education and training sector.

For more information visit the ADCET website.