Disability Employment Services (DES)

Disability Employment Services (DES) support people with a disability, learning difficulty, injury and health condition in their efforts to get and maintain a job. All eligible people with disability have immediate access to the service they need. DES is a free service. There are no waiting lists.

Disability Employment Services (DES) offer a range of services to support a job seeker’s individual needs including:

  • Help to prepare for work, including training in specific skills;
  • Job search support, such as resume development, training in interview skills and help in looking for suitable jobs;
  • Support when initially placed into a job, including on the job training and co-worker and employer support;
  • Ongoing support in a job if required;
  • The purchase of vocational training and other employment related assistance; and
  • Access to help with workplace modifications; support services and AUSLAN interpreting in the workplace.

There are two separate programs within Disability Employment Services:

  1. Disability Management Service (DMS) is for job seekers with disability, injury or health conditions who require the assistance of a Disability Employment Service but are not expected to need long term support in the workplace.
  2. Employment Support Service (ESS) is for job seekers with permanent disability and with an assessed need for long term support in the workplace.

School Students

Young people can register with a DES in their final year at school.  The benefit of the student registering before they leave is the evidence of their disability from the school can be used.  The student may not have to undertake a Job Capacity Assessment.
Many DES providers will assist students to find part time jobs (over 8 hours per week), which can help students build skills and confidence and a better resume, as well as provide welcome income.

How to Access DES

Contact a local Disability Employment Service provider directly or contact Centerlink T: 132850 or visit your nearest Centerlink office and ask for a referral to a local DES provider.

Disability Employment Services in the Northern Territory

Alice Springs 

Steps Employment   
Jock Nelson Centre
9/16 Hartley St
Alice Springs, NT, 0870
T: (08) 89507600


Advanced Personnel Management       
17 Scaturchio Street
Casuarina, NT, 0810
T: (08) 89419211

Mission Australia
Building 3, Cascom Centre
Scaturchio Street
Casuarina NT 0810
T: 1300 883 067

Darwin Skills Development Scheme
Project Employment
1Tang Street
Coconut Grove NT 0810
Phone (08) 8948 9999

Darwin Skills Development Scheme
Max Employment               
17 Scaturchio St
Casuarina, NT, 0810
Phone (08) 89457088

To find an Employment Service Provider in your area go to JobSearch.

For information and advice on looking for work or gaining support in your workplace, contact  Job Access T: 1800 464 800