Every few years DEA surveys its members. This is an opportunity to see how the DES workforce has changed over a number of years. David will explore findings from the 2010, 2013 and 2018 surveys. These findings inform the sector of workforce changes as well as changes in capability development needs. The session will cover detail around the results of the most recent survey as well as a comparison to the previous two surveys. The session will also discuss the development of the new DES Essentials including the new modules which will be included.


David Best

Senior Policy Officer
Disability Employment Australia

David has worked in a number of Commonwealth departments that deliver or contract human services. He worked as an Employment Case Manager in the Commonwealth Employment Service in the 1990s, a Youth Officer in the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, a Contract Manager in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and more recently as a Policy and Program Adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Indigenous Affairs Group. David’s experience includes being a contract manager for the previous DEN program. David has a strong interest in the improvement of both economic and social outcome for long term unemployed, Indigenous Australians and people with disabilities.
In his spare time, David is also an avid runner and regularly competes in races. He is also a part time tennis official who has regularly worked at the Australian Open.
David has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Geography and Government, a Graduate Certificate in Case Management and Client Services and a Diploma in Government – Contract Management.


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