Disability Employment Services (DES)

DES providers can assist you to find and keep a job if:

  • You have a disability, injury or health condition,
  • You meet specific eligibility requirements,
  • You are not studying full time,
  • You are not already working at your capacity, and
  • You have the ability to work 8 or more hours per week.

A DES provider will help you with similar things to Jobactive, however they have specialist staff who can support you to understand your capacity, and work with employers to accommodate any special needs that you might have at work.

How to find a Provider

The government funds a panel of providers nationally under a Grant Agreement, this includes private companies, community and non-profit organisations. To find a provider, the government has provided a search tool. Simply enter your suburb or postcode, the type of provider you would like to talk to and hit ‘Search’. From mid-2019 DES providers will have a Star Rating displayed in the search results, the higher the rating, the more successful they are in keeping their clients in employment for the long term.

Private Recruiters

Private recruiters charge employers placement fees when they provide them with candidates that are successful, they usually do not charge candidates. Recruiters may help you with a resume, but they do not usually provide the same support as government funded employment providers. Their main aim is to link employers looking for staff, with candidates on their books that meet the employer’s expectations. When talking to a private recruiter, make sure that you understand their fees and charges, and ask them what experience they have in placing people in the occupations that your are seeking.

The Cessnock City jobs portal has been jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Cessnock City Council.