MELBOURNE – The Work Health Group (trading as ‘atWork Australia’) has been chosen as a preferred provider to deliver Australian Government Disability Employment Services (DES) across six states, enabling the Group to support thousands more people with disability into employment each year.
CEO of the Work Health Group, David Sagar, said that, as of 1 July 2018, atWork Australia will deliver services across over 45 metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.
“This significantly expands our geographic footprint. More importantly, it greatly increases our ability to support jobseekers with disability, illness or injury, and we will continue to put them at the heart of what we do.
“The atWork Australia team works with jobseekers and employers to get the right people into the right jobs. Their focus is on understanding each client, tailoring support to meet their goals. At the same time, our team gets to know local employers and their needs, placing great people and boosting businesses across Australia.”
The Department of Social Services awarded the Work Health Group service providers (atWork Australia and IPAR Disability Employment Services) over 45 Employment Service Areas (ESAs), or regions of operation, as part of a national selection process.
Michael Kolomyjec, General Manager of atWork Australia, said his expanded team will relish the chance to support more people into work.
“At the heart of what we do is the belief that employment transforms lives, not only the lives of individuals, also the lives of their family and friends and the communities they live in.
“Winning this work gives us the opportunity to build on our high performing services and deliver even better results for more people with disability and employers.
“Our capacity is expanded across new geographies, acknowledging our ability to build connections and intimate knowledge of local labour markets. Nothing is more powerful than getting the right person into the right job.
“We are delighted that atWork Australia was chosen to play such an important support role for people, the economy and the community,” he said.
atWork Australia now enters a transition phase, where operations are set up to be ready on 1 July 2018. Existing jobseekers will be fully supported to meet their goals throughout the transition phase. The new agreements run from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2023.