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 is a not-for-profit employment services provider based in Melbourne's western region, with offices from Footscray to Geelong. It focuses on delivering employment assistance and up-skilling programs to those suffering from the greatest levels of disadvantage. It provides training services, disability employment services, and a range of employment-supportive programs specifically designed for young people, as well as sponsoring social enterprises that provide sustainable employment opportunities for those with disabilities.