Improving Disability Employment Services

What is the study about

The Improving Disability Employment Services (IDES) study is one the first of its kind being conducted in Australia. The project aims to provide evidence about how people with disability obtain and sustain long-term employment. Investigating the financial and health impacts of different employment outcomes on people with disabilities.

Findings will identify ways to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities and contribute to new government policies and models of service delivery of Disability Employment Service (DES) providers.

The first wave of recruitment and data collection is underway. This interview will take approximately 40 minutes and can be completed over the phone or online.

The survey is longitudinal and it is hoped that interviews will be conducted with the same participants 12 months after the first interview. This brings the project duration to two contact points over 12 months.

How is my privacy protected?

Participation in this project is entirely voluntary. You can choose to withdraw from the research at any time without any consequences. If at some point, you do not want to answer the question or wish to finish the survey, you are allowed to do so.

The information provided will only be used for research purposes and individuals will not be identified in any reports. All information provided will be treated in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. The Social Research Centre complies with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Privacy (Market and Social Research) Code 2014. The only limit on confidentiality is if current and unreported child abuse or harm is discussed. The Social Research Centre’s Privacy Policy can be found here

What if I change my mind?

If you have changed your mind about taking part after speaking with your employment consultant, you may call the SRC on 1800 023 040. When speaking with an operator advise that you would no longer wish to take part. Alternatively, let the interviewer know when they call you that you would like to no longer take part. You may refuse to answer any question during the interview and can terminate the call at any point.

If you have any questions about the research, feel free to contact the project team directly by emailing: