DES eligibility rules
Disability Employment Service (DES) providers use seven criteria to decide whether someone is eligible for DES.
To be eligible for DES you must:
- have a disability, injury or health condition
- be at least 14 years’ old, but not old enough to qualify for the Age Pension
- be at or above the minimum legal working age in your state or territory
- be an Australian resident or eligible visa holder
- not be studying full-time, unless you are an eligible school leaver (eligible school leavers can be studying full-time and still be eligible for DES)
- have a valid Employment Services Assessment (ESAt) or Job Capacity Assessment (JCA). Whichever assessment you have, it needs to recommend you work with a DES and include a future work capacity of eight or more hours a week
- not be working at or above your assessed work capacity (according to an ESAt or JCA assessment).
Read more An Employment Services Assessment (ESAt) is a test done by Centrelink. This test helps Centrelink decide what kind of employment service you need to help you find and keep a job.
Read more A Job Capacity Assessment (JCA) is a test Centrelink uses when people apply for the Disability Support Pension (DSP).
Read more Work capacity is Centrelink’s assessment of how many hours of work you can do a week without support. Future work capacity is Centrelink’s assessment of how many hours you could work if you got Disability Employment Service (DES) support for up to two years.