Employer Frequently Asked Questions

What are Disability Employment Services?

Disability Employment Services (DES) are a network of organisations or 'providers,' funded by the Australian Government to help employers recruit and retain employees with a disability, injury or health condition. The main feature of DES providers is their capacity to support and manage a participant's condition in the workplace, along with providing ongoing support in the workplace for as long as it is required. JSP is one of these providers.

JSP offers a range of free services to employers of people with disability, injury or health condition. These include:

Professional recruitment advice and job matching

Help with job design for employees with a disability, injury or health condition

On the job or off site support to ensure new employees with a disability settle into their job

Ongoing support for as long as it is required, for employees and employers who require support to maintain their employment

Training information and awareness activities for employers and staff

Help for employees whose job may be in jeopardy as a result of their disability

Is a candidate required to disclose their disability to a recruiting manager?

There is no legal obligation for a job seeker or employee to disclose a disability to an employer unless it is relevant to the job, for example the disability or health condition is likely to affect their job performance or ability to work safely.

Disclosure is a personal decision. Whilst disclosure of a disability is inevitable where the disability is obvious, in many cases people with disabilities may be unwilling to disclose due to fear of being stigmatised or discriminated against. A candidate may choose to not disclose a disability when it does not affect their work, or does so only occasionally.

An existing staff member is experience issues with their performance which has been affected by their disability, injury or health condition. What services are available to them to prevent them losing their job?

JSP are able to support your employees who are at risk of losing their job through their Job in Jeopardy program.

Are there any incentives for me as an employer?

There are a number of financial incentives that may be offered to eligible employers. These include:

Wage subsidies

Supported wage system arrangements

Wage connect subsidies

Other incentives are available such as:

Workplace modifications

Adaptive technologies

Mental health first aid training

Disability awareness training

Auslan interpreter services

Are people with a disability less productive than other workers?

For some, their disability, injury or health condition will impact on their performance with some tasks; for others there may be no impact on the job at all. Like employees without a disability, employees with a disability have differences in their talents, skills, limitations and abilities. For some, their disability or health condition will impact on their performance with some tasks; for others there may be no impact on their job at all.