IDES Enrolment

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 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 organisation involved?

This study can only occur with the help and involvement of organisations who are supporting job seekers with a disability in finding work. Employment consultants from several organisations will introduce the study to any job seeker with a disability that is new to their service. They will collect a few details about them, including if they wish to take part or not, via an online portal. The Social Research Centre will then contact those who have consented to take part within three days, or send them a survey link via email or SMS if they wish to participate onsite.

Please view the webinar and materials for more information.


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. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.


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

You can also contact the researchers directly at the University of Melbourne for any query relating to the project by emailing:

The resource documents below contain:

  • Training material and project information for all front line staff recruiting for the IDES project; and,
  • The Plain Language Statement (PLS) to be provided to each job seeker eligible for recruitment to the study.
Project Files