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What opportunities are available to employ a person with disability in the WA public sector?
What are Disability Employment Services?
When do I engage a Disability Employment Service?
What is an Australian Disability Enterprise?
How does an Australian Disability Enterprise work within the WA Public Sector Common Use Agreement?
When do I engage an Australian Disability Enterprise?
Will the risk of litigation for my organisation increase if I employ a person with a disability?
Will it cost my organisation more to employ a person with a disability?

What opportunities are available to employ a person with disability in the WA public sector?
People with disability continue to be an underrepresented as employees in the WA public sector. The purpose of this toolkit is to redress this and increase employment participation of people with disability.

In saying this, there are some programs that currently exist within the public sector to facilitate the employment of people with disability in entry level positions, including:


This is a positive start; however it is important to ensure recruitment practices are open and accessible to enable people with disability the opportunity to compete on an equal playing field for positions in the open employment market. It is the hope and intention of the WA public sector for people with disability to be an integral part of the workforce at all levels now and into the future.

Every public sector agency is unique and a one-size-fits-all approach is not going to work. Therefore we encourage agencies to utilise this toolkit and develop systems and processes that work within their organisation. We also encourage agencies to share their programs and experiences in this area.

What are Disability Employment Services?
Disability Employment Services are funded by the Australian Government to assist unemployed people with disability to get and keep employment.

Through Disability Employment Services, job seekers with disability, injury or health conditions may be able to receive assistance to prepare for, find and keep a job.

Disability Employment Services has two service types:

  • Disability Management Service is for job seekers with disability, injury or health conditions who need assistance to find a job and occasional support to keep a job.
  • Employment Support Service provides assistance to people with permanent disability and who need regular, ongoing support to keep a job.


Providers offer a range of free services to employers including:

  • professional recruitment advice and job matching
  • referring appropriate candidates who have an illness, injury or disability
  • professional recruitment advice and job matching
  • help with job design for employees with disability
  • on-the-job or off-site support to ensure new employees with 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
  • help for employees whose job may be in jeopardy as a result of their disability.


Disability Employment Services can also help employers access a range of other financial support and incentives, such as workplace modifications, assistive technology, mental health first aid training and disability and deafness awareness training, Auslan interpreting, and wage subsidies including the Wage Connect Subsidy, Wage Subsidy Scheme and Enhanced Wage Subsidy.

When do I engage a Disability Employment Service?
A Disability Employment Services can be engaged as part of the job design and/or candidate attraction process.

What is an Australian Disability Enterprise?
Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are commercial businesses providing employment opportunities for people disability. They receive funding and support from both the Australian and State Governments in recognition of their additional operating costs.

All ADE services are required to meet National Disability Services Standards and are independently audited and certified. Well over 2,000 Western Australians with disability work in ADEs.

How does an Australian Disability Enterprise work within the WA Public Sector Common Use Agreement?
Where an agency has a need for goods or services, and those goods or services are provided by an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), the agency may directly engage that ADE where to do so represents value for money.

As a government buyer the use of ADEs is strongly encouraged. Consider:

  • the wider community benefits of engaging ADEs to deliver goods and services for your agency
  • committing to directly engaging with ADEs, without engaging them in a competitive tender process
  • the current range of goods and services offered by ADEs, and look for opportunities (either a one-off purchase or ongoing supply arrangement) to directly contract with an ADE
  • proactively identifying opportunities to enable ADEs to supply goods and services to your agency.


Western Australian ADEs currently offer a range of goods and services. These are outlined on the Western Australian Disability Enterprises website.

The ADEs are also looking to expand into new business areas – business areas that offer better skills development and work satisfaction for their employees, and better outcomes for the community. They are more than prepared to develop business plans, and acquire the skills and equipment required to take on new business. All they need is advance notice of your goods and services requirements in order to meet your services delivery timing expectations.

When do I engage an Australian Disability Enterprise?
Where an agency has a need for a good or service, and that good or service is provided by an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), the agency may directly engage that ADE where to do so represents value for money.

ADEs currently offer a range of goods and services in Western Australia. These are outlined on the Western Australian Disability Enterprises website.

Will the risk of litigation for my organisation increase if I employ a person with a disability?
Your organisation is likely to already include a number of employees who have disability. Litigation is unlikely to arise if you are a good practice employer free from discrimination.

Will it cost my organisation more to employ a person with a disability?
No.