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NDS launches the 2023 Workforce Census

NDS Workforce Census


NDS has launched its 2023 Workforce Census, our chief data collection initiative on workforce in the disability sector. We urge providers to complete the survey by Thursday 6 April.   

The data we’ll draw from the census has never been more important. Our recent State of the Disability Report revealed that workforce shortages and retention difficulties were the most urgent issues facing providers. With the NDIS Review under way and major reforms expected this year, we need good data to advocate strongly for more effective disability workforce policies and NDIS pricing arrangements. 

Unlike workforce data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which does not look specifically at disability support workers, the NDS Workforce Census targets the industry to give you real, practical and timely data that you can use in your organisation.  

This unique data supports NDS in our advocacy with state and federal governments and adds value to our discussions on workforce with all stakeholders. 

Since 2015, NDS workforce surveys have gathered data from member organisations across the country.  As the years pass and the data set grows, we get deeper insights into workforce trends that affect everyone in the sector. 

So please complete the NDS Workforce Census 2023. It consists of a short set of questions that can be quickly and easily completed by your HR or finance team member. 

The Workforce Census focuses on disability support workers, allied health professionals and allied health assistants only. Our spotlight topic this year is the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) and awards.  

The Workforce Census closes on Thursday 6 April at 7:00pm AEST. 

You can download a copy of the questions to view before entering your data. You can also download the definitions used in the census

If you have any questions about the census or suggestions for improvement, please don't hesitate to contact Matthew Zammit, Head of Workforce. 

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