John is enjoying a career change after working in the Disability Employment Services space for the past fifteen years. Until recently he was the General Manager of a Melbourne DES provider delivering high performing specialist and generalist contracts. During his time in DES, John was been involved in writing successful tenders, rolling out unique and innovative programs, and sitting on disability peak body committee and advisory groups.
In the broader disability context, he has assisted with NDIS-readiness transformation of his previous organisation and is aware of the opportunities that exist when a creative approach is taken to service design. John sees the potential in the teams he works with and plays to their individual and collective strengths to achieve the best outcomes.
To keep business life diverse, John also manages a successful Bayside landscaping business, runs a busy airbnb guest house on the peninsula and has returned to his drama teacher roots with ongoing extra roles on the both small and large screens.
The snippets of information fed to DES providers on Budget Night 2017 did little more than bring further uncertainty to the sector. Perhaps the answer to better work outcomes lies somewhere buried deeply in the NDIS and the tragically under-utilised employment supports, writes John Donnon.
The 2017 Budget was touted as the moment we would finally know the policy intentions of the government for job seekers receiving DES supports. The reality was far more underwhelming, writes John Donnon.