In December 2016, DPO Australia made a submission to the Department of Social Services in response to the New Disability Services from 2018 – Discussion Paper.
DPO Australia noted in the submission that we support introduction of a more open Disability Employment Services (DES) market that offers;
- greater participant choice and control;
- recognition for improved employer engagement;
- opportunities for higher performing providers to expand, and funding consequences for lower performing providers.
It was also noted that our support is contingent on a substantial investment by the Commonwealth for people with disability to get the information and support they need to make an informed choice.
Reforms must include a closer examination of support practices that achieve high rates of employment outcomes to ensure that such reform builds upon good practice to change DES from a low-performing program to a high-performing program
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