Since 2008, the Employment Services Research Team has worked in partnership with the National Employment Services Association (NESA), Jobs Australia and the Westgate Community Initiatives Group (WCIG). These partnerships have supported research across three linkage grants, detailed in the Research Projects tab (above), and have enabled two-way knowledge transfer between the Research Team and frontline welfare-to-work staff.
National Employment Services Association
NESA is the peak advocacy body representing Australian employment services providers. It acts as a bridge between the Employment Services sector and government, providing advocacy, professional development activities and practitioner advice to private sector employment services providers, as well as hosting conferences and offering policy advice to government.
Jobs Australia is an independent national body representing not-for-profit and community-based employment services providers. It particularly focuses on supporting service providers delivering employment assistance to disadvantaged communities, with members ranging from local community agencies to large national charities. It offers assistance to service providers including insurance, advocacy, workplace relations advice and legal representation.
Westgate Community Initiatives Group (WCIG)
“WCIG is a community based not-for-profit organisation committed to improving lives through practical responses to unemployment and disadvantage. Our programs focus on assisting people make positive changes in their lives.
We deliver employment, disability, youth and training programs, as well as operating several social enterprises. WCIG has an established network of community organisations, allied health services, employers, community groups and other businesses. Our network enables us to provide the most holistic approach possible to assist people to reach their goals.”