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Disability Employment Centre of Excellence


Funding to establish an evidence-informed, best-practice hub that will provide resources, tools and training to help providers deliver quality employment services for people with disability.

Current status of program

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The grant round will open in the second half of 2024.

To register your interest, please contact us here.

What is the Disability Employment Centre of Excellence (DECE)?

The Disability Employment Centre of Excellence Grant, administered by the Department of Social Services, aims to establish an evidence-informed, best-practice hub to enhance the quality of employment services and supports for people with disability. This initiative is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improve disability employment outcomes.

DECE level of support

The Government has committed $23.3 million in funding over four years to establish the Disability Employment Centre of Excellence. The Centre will commence operations in March 2025, with a dedicated online hub available by September 2025.

DECE important dates

  • Grant Round Opens: Second half of 2024
  • Centre of Excellence Commencement: March 2025
  • Online Hub Availability: September 2025
  • Register your interest with GrantHelper

DECE objectives

  • Develop and disseminate best-practice, evidence-based resources, tools, and training.
  • Improve the quality of disability employment services and supports.
  • Increase the effectiveness of various Government reforms across the disability employment ecosystem.
  • Ensure providers have higher levels of disability awareness and knowledge of evidence-based models and approaches.
  • Enhance understanding of employer needs to better support employees with disability.

Projects eligible for DECE support

The Centre of Excellence will support projects that focus on:

  • Collecting, translating, and disseminating disability employment-related research.
  • Providing training and resources to disability employment service providers and employers.
  • Leveraging existing resources available both nationally and internationally to improve service quality.

See the guidelines for full details of projects eligible for DECE support.

Other DECE important details that you will need to know

Eligible applicants include providers or consortiums of providers with:

  • A strong understanding of the disability employment sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage relationships across a range of stakeholders.
  • A track record in establishing and leading partnerships to effectively deliver the Centre of Excellence.


See the guidelines for full details of organisations eligible for DECE support.

Applications will be assessed based on:

  • The applicant’s understanding of the disability employment sector.
  • Ability to leverage relationships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Experience in leading partnerships and delivering high-quality services.


The grant round will be conducted openly in the second half of 2024. Interested providers or consortiums should prepare to demonstrate their understanding of the sector and ability to deliver the Centre of Excellence.

Applicants should prepare:

  • Evidence of their understanding of the disability employment sector.
  • Examples of successful partnerships and collaborations.
  • Plans for leveraging relationships with stakeholders, including those with lived experience of disability.


See the guidelines for full details of information requirements.

Register your interest with GrantHelper to explore your alignment with this grant and how we can assist you to increase your chances of success.

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