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2020 Online Employment,
Life Skills and Leisure Expo


Disability Employment Service (DES)

Disability Employment Services (DES) is the Australian Government’s employment service that helps people with disability find work and keep a job. Providers must be registered to deliver DES.

Through DES, eligible people with disability, injury or health conditions can receive help to prepare for, find and keep a job. Help can include career advice, employment preparation, resume development, and training. You can also get help with job searching and ongoing support at work (if you require it), including funding for necessary workplace modifications and wage subsidies to employers.

DES is delivered by a mix of large, medium and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations that support people with disability. DES providers can also work with employers to help them develop practices that support the employee in the workplace.

No NDIS funding required

This is for you if:

  • you have done successful independent work experience and are generally work ready

Tip:  Sign up in your final year of school before you sign out – Eligible School Leaver Program

 For more information on DES, check out the resources section of the website.

School Leaver Employment Support, or SLES

SLES is an NDIS support which may help you if you are not yet fully independent or confident at work experience.

You will need NDIS funding for SLES.

SLES is about giving you the skills and confidence to help you move from school to employment. It offers individualised support for up to two years after finishing year 12 to help you get ready for work and plan your pathway to employment.

SLES supports will be tailored to meet your individual employment goals.

This may include:

  • Work experience in open employment
  • Job skills training and skill building
  • Opportunities to build confidence
  • Opportunities to build the social skills needed for the workplace
  • Travel training.
  • Whatever you think will help you to get ready for work

Tip: have a good idea of the types of skills you want to build and the experiences you would like to have.  Make sure the SLES provider can help you meet your goals.

For more information on SLES, check out the resources section of the website and the NDIS page.

Supported Employment

Supported employment is an option for people with a disability who are not able to work without ongoing support.  This is frequently accessed in an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE).

You will need NDIS funding for this.

An ADE is a not-for-profit organisation which provides people with significant disability meaningful employment, with onsite support, who may find it difficult or unlikely to be able to work in open employment (i.e. in mainstream businesses). ADEs can also provide a supported environment for people with disability to build skills to move to open employment in the longer term.

To be eligible for Supported Employment, you must have medically diagnosed disability and have an NDIS plan.

For more information on ADEs, check out the resources and guest speaker sections of the website.

Supported employment in a mainstream setting:

Individuals can also use NDIS funding (from “Core”) to provide ongoing supports in open employment (ie employment in mainstream businesses and places of work).

See NDIS page for more information.


Microbusinesses or micro enterprises are very small business that are simple to start, with minimal capital needed. They can have a vital purpose in improving people’s quality of life. They give people a role in their local community providing a service or goods. They are highly individual – able to happen at a scale, workload and schedule that suits a person. They are about offering a product or service in a local community, based on interests and skills.

Individuals can start a microbusiness, by applying for an Australian Business Number (ABN), and can register a business name if trading under something other than their own name.

NDIS participants may be able to use funding from their plan to support them in starting and running a microbusiness if it is linked to their goals. Funding can come from a range of support categories in your NDIS plan.  Discuss at NDIS review meeting.

For more information on Microbusinesses, check out the resources section of the website.


Apprenticeships and Traineeships– see Education and Training category.

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