The Disability Employment Service (DES) is a program funded by the Australian Federal Government to support people living with a disability to enter the workforce for the first time or re-enter the workforce after an injury, illness or disability.
Help can include:
- career advice
- employment preparation
- resume development
- training and qualifications
- job searching
- ongoing support at work (if you require it), including funding for necessary workplace modifications and wage subsidies to employers.
Castle has been offering employment support in the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast Regions for 30 years and is highly experienced at connecting local people to local jobs.
We have supported job seekers of all backgrounds, skills levels, disabilities, and understand that every journey to employment is different.
Our industry-leading service is structured to give you dedicated support to prepare for and secure the job you want, ensure it is a right fit once you get a job, and maintain ongoing support with you and your employer, for as long as you need.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for DES support if you;
have a diagnosed disability, injury or health condition
aged at least 14 but have not yet attained the Age Pension qualifying age
are an Australian resident or eligible Visa holder
are not studying full time*
have a valid Employment Services Assessment (ESAt) or Job Capacity Assessment (JCA) recommending DES with a Future Work Capacity of eight or more hours per week. Castle will facilitate an ESAt or JCA upon registration
are not working at or above their assessed work capacity (not applicable for Work Assist Participants and people who receive National Disability Insurance Scheme funding for supported employment, and/or Australian Disability Enterprise participants).
You may not think of yourself as having a 'disability'. The definitions are broad, and everybody has different circumstances. Talk to Castle about your individual circumstances and whether the program is right for you.
You can complete our form below, visit one of our offices and register directly, or visit a Centrelink Office near you and tell them you want to ‘Choose Castle’ to help you get a job!