Brotherhood of St Laurence
List(s) this item appears in: New Items List 2022 | Disability - employment | Disability - BSL | Employment Services and the BSL
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The Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) is pleased to contribute to the consultation into the development of the new Disability Employment Services (DES) model. We have outlined in this submission key recommendations for the development of DES that promote best practice disability employment policy. These practices are informed by: the experience of BSL’s NDIS participants in the Pathways to Employment (P2E) project ; the experience of BSL’s Local Area Coordination (LAC) staff who have interacted with the DES program, either through referring NDIS participants or having previously worked with DES providers ; BSL’s expertise in employment-related research, program delivery and systems change work of the National Youth Employment Body (NYEB) (BSL 2022b) conducted with jobseekers, employers and services providers ; academic literature. System level recommendations 1. Adopt a clear, person-centred vision for DES focused on access to and attainment of decent work 2. Improve connections and alignment between systems through governance mechanisms 3. Invest in more demand-side policy interventions 4. Commission to encourage collaboration, not competition Policy level recommendations 5. Expand access and eligibility for DES to all people with disability 6. Co-design adaptive employment policy with employers 7. Redefine mutual obligations as mutual accountabilities Program level recommendations 8. Develop program models that provide more training and upskilling opportunities 9. Define and measure success in conjunction with participants 10. Embed feedback mechanisms into DES for real choice and control for participants – p.3 January 2022 For further information or to discuss this submission, please contact: Prof. Shelley Mallett ; Andrew Thies Bibliography : p. 13-14

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