are-able Disability Employment Services (DES) helps people with disability, injury or health conditions find a job and keep it.

We make sure our participants are ready for work by building skills and addressing barriers to employment. We source job opportunities and provide on-the-job training for both employers and employees. With our long-term partnership model, we work with participants at a suitable pace to find employment which best matches their needs and capabilities.

How to get started

You can get started by registering with are-able in two ways:

  • Through a Services Australia referral; or
  • By directly registering with us

To register directly, simply contact your closest are-able office and a friendly Consultant will help you through the process.

How it works

Every are-able participant is assigned an Employment Consultant. This is someone who will work with you, one on one, to understand the type of work you’re looking for, and the sort of support you need. Your Employment Consultant will get to know your interests, skills, qualification, experience and unique challenges, then set some goals and help you work towards them. They’ll be by your side every step of the way, preparing you for work, helping you build a résumé, and liaising with employers on your behalf.

We understand that sometimes, before people are ready to take on a job, they might need help in other areas of their life. At are-able, we work with a wide range of services, so we can help you overcome any personal challenges you may be facing.

are-able provides a range of support measures, depending on what you need:

  • Regular catch-ups
  • Assisting you with job applications
  • Assessing your strengths and skills
  • Assisting you with your résumé
  • Conducting practice job interviews
  • Helping you understand how to search for jobs, including face-to-face and online
  • Offering career guidance
  • Helping you access other, non-work support services
  • Speaking to employers on your behalf
  • Using our existing network of employers to find you a job
  • Accessing the hidden job market
  • Offering you relevant training and skills building
  • Offering education and training to your co-workers (if required)

Once we’ve helped you find a job, you will then receive as much or as little support as you need. We want to make sure you love your new workplace, and feel safe and supported on the job.

Your Employment Consultant can help make sure:

  • You are being paid at the correct rate and receiving entitlements such as superannuation, sick and annual leave, meal breaks, penalty rates etc.
  • You are working in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Your employer and colleagues receive any training necessary for you to successfully manage your job.
  • You understand the need to declare your earnings to Services Australia, and the effect this may have on your payment/pension.
  • You are managing your employment and working toward future independence in the workplace.
  • You have everything you need to assist you to do your job.
  • You can talk to your Employment Consultant about how you are feeling at work, including future aspirations.

Your Employment Consultant will discuss any concerns with your employer to help resolve them. They can also liaise with your employer to make sure your pay and conditions are appropriate.

are-able currently provides Disability Employment Services in the following locations:

Disability Management Service (DMS) Employment Support Service (ESS)
Mount Gambier
Swan Hill

More questions? Want to register with us?

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Contact information


1800 566 066