Young man talking to a woman on a park bench outside.Looking for extra support to find work?

Workskil Australia’s Disability Employment Services (DES) provides specialised support to help people find and keep a job.

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What is Disability Employment Services?

Disability Employment Services, also known as DES, supports people with a health condition, injury or disability receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job. Workskil Australia is a provider of Disability Management Service (or DES-DMS), which provides support for people who need occasional assistance to maintain their employment. This support is separate to Workforce Australia services.

If you would like to learn more about this support please:

How will DES help me find a job?

We can help you search for a job that suits you, in a role that you can flourish in.

Our one-on-one support includes:

  • A dedicated Employment Coach, who will work with you to understand your situation, interests and requirements to assist you in supporting you into employment.
  • An initial appointment to help set you up. This will include developing a Job Plan, resume, cover letters, assistance with setting up a myGov account and more.
  • Career counselling to discuss how to get the best results for you.
  • We will provide assistance if you need special equipment or workplace modifications to help you start and keep work.
  • We can arrange pre-employment programs that will give you real, relevant experience before you start working.
  • Financial support for work clothing, transport, education and training can be arranged for eligible job seekers.

We are looking forward to you getting a job. It's an exciting time, but can sometimes make you feel nervous as you meet new people and enter a new environment.

As you settle into your new role, we will continue to support you and your new employer through our Post Placement Support program to help you settle in. We'll keep in regular contact with you and your employer to smooth out any bumps and make any necessary changes. Then, at the 26 week mark, we’ll work together to determine if you need future support and make a plan from there.

If you're currently employed, but facing some challenges that are affecting your work, we can help smooth the way through the Work Assist program.

How do I access this support?

Eligibility criteria does apply. Supported health conditions, injuries or disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Schizophrenia
  • Back pain
  • Knee joint pain
  • Hip pain
  • Muscular skeletal
  • Lower limb deficiency
  • Spinal conditions
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disability.

To be eligible to access this support you will also need to:

  • Be an Australian resident.
  • Not currently be employed for more than your Employment Benchmark hours.
  • Not be studying full time (unless you are an Early School Leaver).
  • Be able to work for at least eight hours per week.

Further eligibility criteria may apply. If you have any queries about eligibility, please get in touch to speak with a friendly team member. If you are not eligible for this service, we have a range of employment programs that may suit you, so please do get in touch.

Young woman in a denim jacket talking to a counsellor.Where can you find us?

We deliver this support from 14 locations across South Australia and the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales.

South Australia
Southern Adelaide

Adelaide Hills

  • Mount Barker- The Professional Centre, Mann Street, Mount Barker, 5251
  • Strathalbyn- Emmanuel Community Centre, 30 East Terrace, Strathalbyn, 5255

Fleurieu Peninsula

  • Goolwa- 1 Collingwood Road, Goolwa, 5214
  • Victor Harbor- 2 McKinlay Street, Victor Harbor, 5211

Kangaroo Island

  • Kingscote - Shop 6, 56 Dauncey Street, Kingscote, 5223


New South Wales
Upper Hunter

  • Merriwa- 34-40 Venacher Street, Merriwa, 2329
  • Murrurundi- 47 Mayne Street, Murrurundi, 2338
  • Muswellbrook- Brook Street Plaza, Shop 10, 30-34 Brook Street, Muswellbrook, 2333
  • Scone- Scone Administration Centre,135 Liverpool Street, Scone, 2337
  • Singleton- Unit 1, 1 Laurel Lane, Singleton, 2330

If it’s difficult for you to get to one of our offices, we may be able to meet you at a more convenient location such as a café or community centre. Alternatively, we can chat with you by telephone or via video.

Why choose Workskil Australia?

Workskil Australia is a not for profit organisation and a charity, with the community at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is to help Australians in difficulty, disadvantage or living with a disability to find and keep a rewarding job. We care about you and want to see you succeed. Our friendly and caring team can help you on your journey.  Meet our team.

Quality assured

Workskil Australia is certified in the National Standard for Disability Employment Services. The Standard outlines the Australian Government requirements for the delivery of quality Disability Employment Services. People who access Workskil Australia’s support can feel assured of receiving quality and appropriate services.

Next steps

Let us support you on your employment journey. Contact us now to find out how we can work together.