DES - What is the government doing19 Nov 2012
In the middle of the year NOVA and many other Disability Employment Services put in a tender with the Government to keep and expand their outlets. The tender was a massive project which consisted of many weeks of 18 hour days.
At the end of October the government's decisions were given and to say that the outcome was a shock is an understatement!!!
Instead of giving NOVA the okay to establish more outlets in much needed areas, outlets were withdrawn and not only have many employers at NOVA lost their jobs, but also many clients have been told that NOVA is no longer their service provider and that they will need to go to another service provider.
It is not only NOVA that has been affected by this decision, other Disability Employment Services have been cut substantially or completely shut down with more than 35 000 clients being moved to other services.
You are probably wondering where the 35 000 people will be going – well, the government has decided that it would be more profitable to give funding to American Disability Employment Services that have a one stop shop that can offer a bit of everything instead of the specialised service that NOVA and the like provide.
As a client they will now put you in a job they have available on their books, for the minimum hours you can work so they may even fit 4 of you in the one job and you each work 8 hours a week. The support will be minimal and if you don't work out you will be put in the ‘too hard' pile and job seeking will end for you.
Nice to know the government is looking after its disabled job seekers and workers isn't it? NOT!