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Increase your chances of getting a Job before You leave School


The aim of the Eligible School Leaver Program (ESLP) is to assist & prepare students with disability for the transition of leaving school & entering mainstream workforce.

DVJS assists students develop REAL skills, gain REAL work experience & hopefully obtain ongoing employment in their chosen field with a supportive employer. Many school leavers are faced with difficulty finding a job when they leave school... a time that is very stressful for them & their families. By linking with DVJS this anxiety can be overcome with the right support & a program designed to obtain employment hopefully before they leave school.

DVJS works with students in their final year of schooling by assisting them overcome barriers, build confidence & work awareness. DVJS still relies on opportunities within the labour market. DVJS cannot guarantee employment will be obtained prior to the student leaving school.

How DVJS works with students

  • Tailored case management to the student to support them with any issues or barriers identified at the workplace.
  • Career planning, specifically taking into consideration the students goals, health & associated ability & limitations.
  • Employment related assistance based on excellent knowledge of local employers & community services. examples of support include; Assistance with job interview/ work clothing, travel training to & from employment, arranging workplace modifications & wage subsidies & where necessary funding of short term courses & licenses related to job entry.
  • Arrange work trials & placements with suitable employers to gain work skills & confidence.
  • Provide on-the-job training & support.
  • Assistance in accessing Traineeship & Apprenticeship schemes.

Eligible School Leaver Students are those who

  • In their final year of Secondary schooling (Conditions apply if not in final year).
  • In their final 6 months of participating in an eligible post-school employment or transition to work program for people with disability.
  • within 20 days of exiting having exited an eligible post-school employment or transition to work program for people with disability.
  • Be of legal working age
  • minimum of 8 hours a week & not currently employed for 8 hours or more.
  • Attract additional educational funding due to their disability or enrolled at a Special School or recently completed a Transition to Work Program (special needs).

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us for a chat.

Please open the following document for more information.

Eligible School Leavers Information Sheet (Printable)

General Eligibility Criteria for DES

  • Have a permanent or long term disability, injury or health condition
  • Be an Australian resident or a Temporary Protection Visa (PTV) holder
  • Aged at least 14 and less than 65 years old
  • Are at or above the minimum legal working age in Victoria
  • Not currently receiving services from another ES provider
  • Have a capacity to work within 2 years with intervention of at least 8 hours per week
  • No current or valid ESAT with a referral recommendation to service other than DES-ESS
    Are not studying full time (unless the Participant is an Eligible School Leave-ESL)
  • Have a permanent address in DES Provider's ESA Or in an ESA that shares a common boundary with that ESA... and
  • Not working at or above their Employment Benchmark (not applicable to job in Jeopardy Participants)