We are Australia’s peak body for the employment services sector
NESA’s focus is on ensuring we have a vibrant and sustainable employment services industry across Australia, and we are dedicated to the development and improvement of employment services and related programmes to ensure that every individual who wants to participate in the world of work can do so.
Established in 1997 as the peak body for all Australian employment services, NESA represents member views through its policy development, advocates on behalf of the industry, and delivers strategic and practical leadership and support.
NESA’s coverage is unique as our membership includes community, not for profit and private sector service delivery organisations with extensive coverage of jobactive providers, Disability Employment Services, Community Development Providers, Remote School Attendance Strategy as well as other critical complementary employment related programmes such as the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Transition to Work, Vocational Training and Employment Centres (VTEC), Australian Apprenticeship Centres and New Enterprise Incentives Scheme.
NESA recognises the importance of celebrating our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and greater society. NESA has continued to be committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia and more recently this has been evident with our delivery of key services across remote Australia.
Capacity Building & Consulting
In the last four years we have delivered over 350 capacity building and consulting projects across Remote Australia in projects as diverse as activity management development, process mapping, facilitating community engagement, business modelling, frontline training, financial management, best practice development and service delivery review.
Remote School Attendance Strategy
NESA has delivered training for the Remote School Attendance Strategy since 2014. We have successfully delivered over 165 RSAS local training forums, attended by over 1800 RSAS workers who have been employed by RSAS during the last four years. NESA continues to work with PM&C to enhance RSAS delivery by introducing clustered leadership workshops, train-the-trainer workshops, online webinars, a new RSAS newsletter and the ongoing delivery of face-to-face RSAS tailored local workshop throughout 2017.
Remote Mental Health First Aid Project
NESA has been engaged throughout 2016/17 to deliver the new mental health first aid project across remote Australia which will see up to 115 MHFA workshops delivered. PM&C has arranged for mental health first aid training to be offered to all Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) employees and to be extended to Community Development Programme and Community Night Patrol employees who work in RSAS locations.
Work undertaken by NESA members across Australia to achieve sustained employment for disadvantaged people is to be admired. It requires high levels of skill, great patience, dedication and compassion. This critically important work directly benefits people seeking employment and achieves our mission to lead a sustainable, effective and diverse employment and related services industry.
NESA’s team consists of a dedicated group of professionals who have a depth and breadth of experience in employment services policy, programmes and practice through the not for profit, for profit and government sectors, as well as related areas including education and training, disability, health and Indigenous services. We embrace inclusion and diversity, with many ages and cultures represented. Over 5% of our staff are Indigenous Australians. We are proactively led by our CEO, whose own experience spans the totality of the Employment Services sector from its earliest manifestation to its current form, and our dedication and commitment enables us to provide the highest standard of representation, advocacy, support and guidance to our members, and the sector more broadly.
We work well together, sharing the goal of supporting and developing the dynamic sector that we represent in concert with our industry partners and of seeing the projects that we manage through to their best possible completion.