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A skilled, sufficiently large and diverse disability workforce is critical to the delivery of high-quality services and to the success of the NDIS. This resource provides information about the project along with services, information and tools to providers to optimise their workforces.

The Workforce Connector Model  The Workforce Connector ModelRecruitment and Retention  Recruitment and RetentionRegional Disability Workforce Innovation Showcase  Regional Disability Workforce Innovation Showcase

Key benefits
  • Service providers and others can easily find information about the project.
  • Help, information and tools will be accessible including links to other useful resources
  • There will be a repository for project products and learning and somewhere to hold material for links from NDS communications

In the NDS State of the Disability Sector Reports in 2017 and 2018, providers cited HR Strategy and Workforce Planning as one of their top three business capabilities most in need of improvement. 

The Victorian Government is funding a $26 million program of strategies outlined in, Keeping our sector strong: Victoria’s Workforce Plan for the NDIS to build the Disability workforce in Victoria. This plan identified the need to support regions as one key strategy.  In line with this, the NDS conducted a Disability Workforce Innovation Project funded by DHHS (DFFH).

Who is this for? 

Service Provider CEOs, HR Managers, Managers, Project Officers. Since the project took a place based, ecology approach to workforce innovation, other audiences included RTOs, local councils, Carer and Consumer Advocacy groups, Job Actives, Disability Employment Services.

Workforce Connectors - A Powerful Model!

This project allowed Regional Workforce Connectors to use their local knowledge and networks to help local organisations and stakeholders to:

  • Identify and capture local workforce issues and contributing factors
  • Identify and work on local solutions
  • Access funding grants with free grant application workshops and follow up coaching
  • Choose and access workforce tools and other resources
  • Increase relevant workforce data using the NDS Workforce Wizard
  • Learn what other organisations are finding useful and not useful
  • Form and facilitate local collaborations to work on local workforce problems
  • Increase Victorian Government knowledge of local disability workforce issues

The Workforce Connectors had a broad range of workforce knowledge, skills and networks that were important to the success of this project.

Contact information

For general enquiries, please contact Dianne Hardy, Project Lead, 0436 820 088, submit enquiry/feedback