This breakout session will focus on some of the challenges regarding the upcoming transition to the new DES arrangements from 1 July 2018. The Government will ensure that there is a smooth transition from the existing arrangements to the new DES model. Implementation of the new program will seek to minimise disruption to the sector and ensure participants will continue to have access to services during the transition phase.

The session will provide advice on the indicative timelines and some of the activities planned to reduce disruption to affected DES providers and participants.


Justin Galke

Director for DES Reform Policy, Transition and ICT
Department of Social Services

Justin is currently the Director for DES Reform Policy, Transition and ICT. He is developing the policy and how it is operationalised following the Australian Government’s Budget announcement to reform Disability Employment Services. This work also includes setting the arrangements for a smooth transition to DES from 1 July 2018.

With 18 years of experience in the Australian Public Service, Justin has primarily worked in Employment-related areas. This includes more than four years in DES performance and policy roles. In 1999, Justin began his APS career as an IT developer responsible for designing and building the IT platforms for Job Network. Later, amongst other Employment-related roles, he managed Job Services Australia performance.


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