In November of last year I posted the following message onto eth discussion boards of Disability Employment Australia (1 of our programs peak bodies:
Fight or Fall“It may just be me and does there seem to be a deafening silence on the impending disaster that is DES-ESS?
Here's the funding body message; "Don't fret, we are only going to be rid of a few of you and those that go earned it"
And our response is.......?
I've been doing this (DES, not screaming about contract madness) for 27 years and there's never been a time of greater threat to the employment options for people with disability.
I thought we represented them, not us. There's nothing to be gained by silence and everything to win by protest.
**** Quick note: no NOVA contract is at risk *****
Do the 'Star' Ratings represent good service to people with disability?
We know they don't.
Their application in allocating market share appears to have delivered a 16% drop in outcomes in the present contract
We all know, the funding body knows, and the Minister knows the 'Stars' are deeply flawed
The rationalisation madness continues.
Just in case you didn't read the letter; score 1 or 2 stars in the next Stars and your jobs are up for grabs, your clients choices ignored and our industry skills base further weakened.
What remains of DES-ESS is about to be further destroyed.
Seems to me its fight or fall - can't understand the silence
Representatives from 40 other service providers read the post – not a single supporter..
All afraid to speak out, all afraid to rock the boat, all afraid of retribution.
DES is about to be further weakened and now, all comment will be dismissed as sour grapes or the natural response of ‘underperforming providers’ – except that’s not true.
Smearing hard working staff, denigrating their contribution and destroying relationships developed over decades will not help people with disability gain long term meaningful employment or reduce their economic dependence.
Australia has slipped from world leader in disability employment to poor man at church status.
This process isn’t reform – it’s ruin.
My condolences to the terrific organisations, their staff, job seekers and workers
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