Disability Employment Services (DES)

EET continues to be an outstanding performer in the disability employment sector, holding above average star ratings across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges regions.

EET continues to strive for excellence in all that it does with over 30 years of providing quality employment services to people with disability.

Our Employment Consultants are very approachable and are committed to helping each job seeker to secure suitable and sustainable employment. They are professionally trained and work hard to develop strong relationships with businesses throughout the community so as to secure the most suitable employment opportunities for you, the customer.


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“Our professional and friendly team will support you throughout your journey from job seeker to employee. Our focus is your future”

Amanda Calwell-Smith

Chief Executive Officer, Essential Employment & Training

Our expert employment services team can:

  • provide individual mentoring for each job seeker
  • assist job seekers with job searching preparation (resume, applications, personal development activities, focus groups,
  • personalised job seeking strategies etc.)
  • provide preparation and coaching for interviews
  • offer debriefing following job interviews
  • organise insurance cover for work trials and work experience
  • provide on the job training, support and mentoring once the person is employed

If you have any difficulties in your journey towards employment, remember we are innovators – experts at finding creative solutions to your problems and we never give up. Our services can also help you and your employer to access a range of other supports and incentives.


These may include:

  • Workplace modifications,
  • government subsidies,
  • mental health first aid training for staff,
  • assistive technology,
  • disability and deafness awareness training,
  • AUSLAN interpreting, and
  • wage subsidies (including the Wage Subsidy Scheme and Restart for mature age workers).
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Job seeker eligibility:

  • Disability, injury or health condition,
  • aged between 14 and 65,
  • at or above the minimum legal working age,
  • have a capacity to work at least 8 hours per week,
  • an Australian resident,
  • not studying full-time,
  • not working at or above their employment benchmark* hours, or
  • current employment which is at risk because of a disability, injury or health condition.
    (* Employment benchmark is determined through a Centrelink assessment)
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