In Australia’s disability employment services system, currently the obligation is on job seekers to look for work. At face value this seems OK.

But you’d think, ipso facto, that government would then take on at least some responsibility for providing said work. This is not the case. Rather, employment figures for workers within government are either stubbornly low or even falling.

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 …