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Mental Health Council of Australia Personal Helpers and Mentors
Employment Workshop
Sally Sinclair
2 May 2012
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About NESA….
NESA is the peak body for Australian employment
and related services
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Established in 1997 to be an inclusive voice
dedicated to the representation and continuous
improvement
of
Australian
Government
employment and related services
NESA works to advance the industry and support
and strengthen the economic and social
participation services and outcomes delivered by
its members
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What We Do…
 Representation and Advocacy
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 Member Products and Services
 Information and Operational Support Services
 Industry Networking
 Industry Leadership and Development
 Professional Development
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Key Points in Relation to Mental Health and Employment
Australia ranks:
 21 out of 27 of OECD countries of participation rates for people
with a disability
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 7th for part time participation for people with disability
 2nd in regards to the comparative risk of people with a disability
living in or near poverty
 A diversity of strategies that support individuals, employers and the
wider community to address barriers to participation and inclusion
required
 30.4% of people receiving income support payments were identified
with symptoms indicative of a clinically diagnosable mental disorder
(Dr Peter Butterworth, Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University)
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Australian Employment Services Framework
Commonwealth Department of
Education, Employment & Workplace Relations
Policy & Program Administration, Development & Implementation
Purchasing & Contract Management
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Centrelink
Social Security
Employment
Services
Gateway
Job Seeker
Compliance
National Employment Services Data Base
National Performance Assessment Framework
Complementary Programs
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
Harvest Labour Services
Experience +
National Green Jobs Corps
Youth Connections
Language, Literacy & Numeracy,
Indigenous Employment Programs
Apprenticeships – AAC, GTO & Access
Disability Support Services: NPA, EIS, SWS
PHaMS
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Employment Services
 Job Services Australia:
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 Stream 1 – 3 – level of vocational and non-vocational
barriers assessed through the Job Seeker Classification
Instrument
 Stream 4 – level of vocational and non-vocational
barriers assessed through a Job Capacity Assessor
 Disability Employment Services:
 Disability Management Service - for job seekers who
are not expected to need long-term support in the
workplace
 Employment Support Service – for job seekers with an
assessed need for more long-term support in the
workplace
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Program Performance
Job Services Australia:
 470,000, 13 week employment outcomes in the first 33
months of the JSA contract
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 1.13 million Job Placements with 38% of those in Stream 3
and 4
support Disability Employment Services:
 70,000 13 week employment outcomes in the first 24 months
of the DES contract
 108,000 job placements
Both programs substantially out-perform previous frameworks
with significant improvement for highly disadvantaged job
seekers
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Employment Services Assistance
Employment Services assistance to job seekers includes:
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 Individual assessment and tailored assistance services
based on relative need
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 Provision of job search facilities for registered job
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seekers
 Free placement services to employers
 Employment Pathway Fund (JSA only) – pool of funds
quarantined to assist job seekers with vocational and
non vocational barriers including specialist health
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Employment Services Assistance
 Strong linkages to registered training organisations
providing training and education to job seekers
 Conduit to other complementary programs including
work experience, NEIS, drought force, LLNP and AMEP,
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Harvest Labour Services, Experience plus mature age
support
initiatives, Youth Connections, Indigenous Employment
Programs, CDEP, Apprenticeship and traineeships and a
range of other services/programs
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 Post Placement and Ongoing Support
 An understanding of diverse service provision
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Further Strengthening Policy Objectives
 Inclusion of a social outcome in the DES program
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 Inclusion of rewards to a DES provider who links skills
in demand, education and training to employment
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 On-going support arrangements for job seekers in JSA
Stream 4
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 Gateway or re-entry processes for job seekers
impacted by episodic conditions for immediate
support
 Strengthening the assessment and streaming
processes
 Outcomes and rewards designed around the
complexity of service delivery
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