Specialist Employment Services

Our Vison, Purpose & Values


Our Vision

To be the DES provider of choice for the Department of Social Services, people affected by disability, their families and employers in the region by:
  1. Providing the best support to our clients and their employers
  2. Achieving and maintaining above average contractual performance
  3. Earning and maintaining the respect of our key stakeholders
  4. Expanding the service where opportunities arise
  5. Maintaining the values of the Association and compliance with the DES Quality Assurance Standard

Our Purpose
  1. To achieve successful employment for our clients through: a. the development and pursuit of tailored employment pathway plans; b. the provision of holistic support both directly and through referral to other agencies
  2. To assist the employers of the Kimberley to employ clients of the service and to retain them in their employment. And by so doing (a + b) improve the social, psychological and economic well being of the clients of the service.
  3. To maintain the ethos and principles of a community based not for profit association

Our Values
  1. The contractual performance of the association in accordance with the DES KPI’s, Deed and guidelines
  2. The quality, profile and reputation of the association
  3. The unique abilities and interests of every individual that guide their career choices
  4. The potential that every individual has to achieve, participate in and contribute to society
  5. The accessibility of specialist employment services to all eligible people affected by disability and long term health conditions in the region
  6. How employment lifts a person’s dignity, confidence, and level of inclusion in their communities
  7. The inclusion of people with disabilities through employment and the benefits that this inclusion has for employers and for the communities in which we live
  8. The full inclusion of people regardless of difference as an indicator of a healthy community
  9. Pathways to work readiness accessible to our clients in the Kimberley Region
  10. Meeting the needs of people affected by disabilities during their school to work transition
  11. The language, land, culture and respect due to Aboriginal People across the region
  12. Working to ‘close the gap’ between Aboriginal People and other people


IPS Individual Placement Support


Overview of IPS Supported Employment 


IPS supported employment helps people with severe mental illness work at regular jobs of their choosing. Although variations of supported employment exist, IPS (Individual Placement and Support) refers to the evidence-based practice of supported employment. 


Characteristics of IPS Supported Employment 

  • It is an evidence-based practice
  • IPS supported Employment Specialists focus on client strengths
  • Work is viewed as promoting recovery and wellness
  • Employment Specialists work in collaboration with treating Clinicians
  • IPS takes a team approach
  • Services are individualized and long-lasting
  • The IPS approach changes the way mental health services are delivered 


Practice Principles of IPS Supported Employment

  1. Focus on Competitive Employment: Agencies providing IPS services are committed to competitive employment as an attainable goal for clients with serious mental illness seeking employment.
  2. Eligibility Based on Client Choice: Clients are not excluded on the basis of readiness, diagnoses, symptoms, substance use history, psychiatric hospitalizations, level of disability, or legal system involvement.
  3. Integration of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Services: IPS programs are closely integrated with mental health treatment teams.
  4. Attention to Client Preferences: Services are based on clients’ preferences and choices, rather than providers’ judgments.
  5. Personalized Benefits Counseling: Employment specialists help clients obtain personalized, understandable, and accurate information about their Social Security, Medicaid, and other government entitlements.
  6. Rapid Job Search: IPS programs use a rapid job search approach to help clients obtain jobs directly, rather than providing lengthy pre-employment assessment, training, and counseling. 
  7. Systematic Job Development: Employment specialists build an employer network based on clients’ interests, developing relationships with local employers by making systematic contacts.
  8. Time-Unlimited and Individualized Support: Follow-along supports are individualized and continued for as long as the client wants and needs the support.

Job in Jeopardy

Assistance for people at risk of losing their job because of illness, injury or disability.

If you are at risk of losing your job because you are ill, injured, or have a disability, Job in Jeopardy Assistance can help by seeing what can be done to keep you with your current employer. It does not help you find a new job. Job in Jeopardy Assistance is free and is available through direct registration with DES Provider, like Kimberley Personnel. You do not need to be receiving a payment from the Department of Human Services or have an Employment Services Assessment to access Job in Jeopardy assistance.

Our Job in Jeopardy Assistance may include:
  • advice about redesigning your job so you can keep working
  • having your workplace assessed to see how it can be changed to make it easier for you to work
  • having your workplace changed so you can continue to work
  • specialized equipment to help you do your job
  • Engagement with clinical supports
  • Mentoring
  • Mediation
  • Advocacy 

Eligibility for Job in Jeopardy Assistance
To be eligible for Job in Jeopardy Assistance, you must have been employed for at least eight hours a week on average over the last 13 weeks, and not be already receiving assistance from a DES Provider.

If you meet these requirements please call us on 9193 6631 for assistance.


DES

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Disability Employment Services (DES) provides employment support for people with a disability, injury or health condition. In some cases, specialist help is needed to find and maintain sustainable work. If you are seeking a referral to DES you should get in touch with Centrelink or visit our office @ 1/36 Frederick Street.

Eligibility

You will be assessed by an Employment Service Assessment (ESAT) in relation to your disability, injury or health condition. This will happen at Centrelink and if eligible you will be linked to Kimberley Personnel.

Services

You can receive a range of specialist help that is tailored to meet your needs. Help can include employment preparation, rehabilitation services, and training. You can also get help with job search and placement, and ongoing support at work.

More information

To find out about your eligibility for DES, phone Centrelink on 13 10 21.
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Our Services

Kimberley Personnel Inc. - Specialist Employment Services

Kimberley Personnel is a not-for-profit employment agency for people with disabilities and long term health conditions would like to introduce ourselves and our motivated team of employment and support officers.


Here at Kimberley Personnel we are passionate about what we do which is placing local people into jobs. We provide a free employment service that goes above and beyond the services offered by other employment agencies.


The employment and support team are always there to support our clients throughout their employment period.


Recruitment- We carefully match our candidate’s interests and ABILITIES to your job requirements before putting them forward.


Retention- We provide an ongoing mentoring and support service for all our clients to make each appointment a success.


Economical- All our services are entirely free of charge.


Solutions- If you prefer to employ only ABN registered workers we have a simple and effective way of getting our candidates on board with the minimum of fuss.


Kimberley Personnel INC. Is a community based not-for-profit organization. We are here to help you employ and retain reliable, local people.


Why not give one of our candidates a go in your work place?




For further information call (08) 9193 6631 or email admin@kimberleypersonnel.org.au

FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions - Job Seekers

Q
How do I find out if I’m eligible for Kimberley Personnel Services?
A
Eligibility is determined through an assessment at Centrelink, this may require you to take a form to your Doctor to complete. We strongly recommend that you contact us so that we can help you through the process.

Q
Can I come to Kimberley Personnel even though I am not on a Disability Support Pension (DSP)?
A
You don’t have to be on the DSP, in fact you may not be in receipt of any Centrelink Payment at all and still be eligible

Q
Do I have to be able to work full time to get help through Kimberley Personnel?
A
The Centrelink Assessor will make a decision on your work capacity based on your medical information. You must have an assessed work capacity of at least 8 hours a week within 2 years with our support.

Q
Will I lose my DSP if I get a job?
A
If you are on DSP in most cases you can work up to 30 hours per week for up to 2 years, without losing your eligibility for the DSP. Your payments will reduce however you will be financially better off in most scenario’s. Kimberley Personnel staff will help you understand how this works in your personal situation.

Q
Will getting paid employment have any other effects on my income or costs?
A
The more you earn from your employment the better off you will be financially; however if your partner is also dependant on a Centrelink payment this may also be affected. Also if you are living in Department of Housing Accommodation your rent may also increase. Kimberley Personnel staff will help you to understand and manage these changes.

Q
What happens if I get a job and don’t declare my earnings to Centrelink?
A
You must declare your earnings to Centrelink as soon as you start working. Centrelink always find out and will make you pay back any overpayments they have made; you might even face criminal charges. Kimberley Personnel staff will help you find the way of reporting your earnings that works best for you.

Q
I’d like to work but I’m not sure if I can, how might Kimberley Personnel help me?
A
There are frequently challenges to overcome and Kimberley Personnel is here to help you overcome them. We have many resources that can be brought into play to help you overcome these challenges for example purchasing adaptive technologies and workplace modifications on your behalf.



Frequently Asked Questions - Employers

QI’d like to employ one of your clients but I’m concerned that they might have an accident at work?
A
There are a lot of myths out there on this subject, the spectrum of Disabilities is very broad and hence the impact on a person must be determined for each individual, generally speaking our clients have an excellent safety record. We also take considerable care to select the right client for the job at hand and will discuss any risk factors or concerns with you during the process of recommending a potential employee to your business.

Q
Will my insurance premiums be affected when I employ one of your clients?
A
Your insurance premiums will not be affected in any way when you employ our clients.

Q
Our business has an equal opportunity policy but lacks the expertise to employ a person affected by a disability or long term health condition.
A
It is a major function of Kimberley Personnel to provide you with the expertise, advice and make any reasonable accommodations to be able to employ a person affected by a disability.

Q
Once we employ a person through Kimberley Personnel will Kimberley Personnel be able to provide ongoing assistance if we feel we need it?
A
Yes Kimberley Personnel staff will provide support to your staff and the client for as long as it is required.

Q
If I have a staff member whose health is starting to impact on their performance at work, can Kimberley Personnel provide expertise to help us maintain the staff member’s employment?
A
Yes this is known as the Job in Jeopardy Program and is here to help your business retain your valued staff member, like all our services this service is free and is aimed at developing a win win outcome for you and your employee. Call us and we get underway within days.


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