Disability Employment Services 2018 Registration of Interest

Category Services for People with Disabilities
Employment Services

Status Closed

State/Territory National

Closing Date & Time

Department of Social Services – Disability Employment Services 2018 Registration of Interest.

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to register their interest to deliver Disability Employment Services from 1 July 2018.

The Grant Application process for the DES will be undertaken through two-stages. The first stage involves all organisations who wish to deliver DES from 1 July 2018 to register their interest through an unrestricted Registration of Interest process. This process will be open for four weeks. The second stage will comprise Invitations to Treat (ITT) and invitations to apply. Only those organisations who registered through the Registration of Interest process will be eligible to receive one or more ITTs and/or invitations to apply to join the panel of DES providers. The opportunity to apply in response to an invitation to do so will be open for six weeks.

ITTs will be offered to existing DES providers to continue delivering a service, under the new Grant Agreement from 1 July 2018, in an Employment Services Area (ESA) where the DES provider has:

  • an existing contract that is rated as performing at 3-Stars or above in the June 2017 Star Ratings
  • received new or additional business through the 2016-17 DES Business Reallocation process, or
  • received new or additional business as a result of a gap-filling arrangement in 2017.

Registered organisations that elect to apply through the Grant Application process will be subject to an assessment conducted by the Community Grants Hub within DSS. Applicants will be asked to provide organisational level details on their governance and strategies and proposed specialisations. They will also need to demonstrate past performance in either the disability or employment services.

Stage 1 – Registration of Interest

Stage one will include an unrestricted Registration of Interest for ALL organisations wishing to provide DES services post 1 July 2018. This includes organisations that are likely to be offered an ITT in Stage 2.

This unrestricted stage will collect the organisational details of all interested parties. Organisations will still need to nominate their preferences and submit their registration of interest form by the relevant authorised officer of that organisation.

As part of the Registration of Interest process, all registrants will be required to:

  • indicate the ESA(s) they intend to apply for;
  • and for each ESA:
    • indicate the DES services (DES-DMS and/or DES-ESS) they wish to deliver/ continue delivering; and
    • identify if it will be a specialist or generalist service.

Stage 2 will be a restricted Grant application process that will invite organisations that have registered their interest in Stage 1.

More information

More information about the services under the Disability Employment Services program and  requirements for applicants can be found in the following documents that form the Application Pack:

  • Disability Employment Services Reforms Industry Information Paper
  • Disability Employment Services Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • Questions and Answers for Registration of Interest and from the Engage website may be updated throughout the Registration of Interest open period where any question addressed raises new information. The question and answer period will close at 5:00pm AEST Tuesday, 22 August 2017 so that answers to questions can be published before the Registration of Interest closing date. No further questions, except for those relating to using and/or submitting the Registration of Interest Form, will be answered from this date until the end of the Registration of Interest process.
  • Sample Registration of Interest Form
  • DSS ESA maps ACT NSW
  • DSS ESA maps QLD WA NT

Subscribe to receive updates

Organisations and individuals interested in Department of Social Services grant rounds are encouraged to subscribe to receive alerts when new information is made available.

Contacting the Community Grants Hub

If you would like assistance please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 and/or support@communitygrants.gov.au.

More information about the Community Grants Hub can be found at the Community Grants Hub website.

Please quote 2017-1034 Disability Employment Services 2018 Registration of Interest when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.

Grant Opportunity Documents