The new contract for Disability Employment Services (DES) will not bring performance improvement

Government will scratch its head, blame the economy and people with disability, talk about educating employers and spend money on more consultations before coming to the conclusion that people with disability must meet more stringent 'mutual obligations'. 

Let me tell you what I know about ‘mutual obligation’ as understood by Government funders.

There is no incentive for finding job seekers full-time work. In fact, incentives fall the other way. The entire employment industry is rewarded for splitting full-time positions into part-time positions.

This is how it works:

-       A full-time job becomes available

-       As an employment service provider I have a choice: offer the one job to one job seeker or split the job into two, three, four or five part-time jobs, depending on what I can get away with.

Here’s the rub …

Having complained about the perverse incentive arrangement for Disability Employment Services (DES) in the past, I feel the need to explain the numbers behind the complaint.

Bear with me. It’s complicated and unbelievably silly.

Problem 1:

DES providers are not necessarily rewarded for finding full-time work, no matter how capable the job candidate. We’re rewarded according to the number of jobs found. This creates the next problem.