I’m sick of conservatives in power basing their treatment of job seekers at least in part on the idea that ‘these people are malingerers’.

Surely this is the reason for the latest contract providing more of a stick than a carrot with demerit points lost for ‘misdemeanours’, such as missing appointments.

In a recent blog I talked about Duty of Care and Dignity of Risk, where duty of care refers to ensuring that the most vulnerable people in society are protected from harm while at the same time being challenged to achieve their potential.

Since then I’ve wondered, ‘What if we framed the conversation in reverse?’

A new Disability Employment Service (DES) contract has arrived, which will run until 2023.

There are new players and new rules. There’s also a new demerit system. It’s supposed to ensure job seekers meet their obligations. If they don’t, they risk losing their disability support benefits.

The new contract will not improve the number or quality of outcomes achieved by the DES network. I am actually fairly confident that results will either remain in a slump or go backwards. Here is why: