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The idea? Hundreds of millions of dollars are poured into an ambitious scheme by the federal government to fund private companies to secure genuine jobs for Australians with disabilities.

The outcome? Less than 1% of the jobseekers recruited into these disability employment service (DES) providers in 2017 had landed a job for six months or more by 2019.

The bottom line? More than $713 million spent by government to fund these companies between 2017-18 has resulted in abysmal success rates.