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NDS in WA releases shared labour pool report

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19/12/2018

NDS in WA has released a feasibility study report on key considerations for creating a shared labour pool. The report discusses key structural, resourcing, legal, quality, systems and human resource issues with a summary of key actions and milestones. 

The implementation of the NDIS in Western Australia is increasing the demand for disability support services. Disability Services Organisations (DSOs) have already experienced increased demand for their services, which is unlikely to be met with their current resources. Therefore, the support workforce will need to expand in order to meet demand.

The flexibility required by support workers in disability services is also likely to increase, creating uncertainty regarding income and prospects for full time employment. Support workers will be under pressure to seek alternate employment if they cannot achieve a living wage, further increasing workforce pressures on the DSOs who need experienced and trained staff.

In response to these issues, NDS in WA commissioned Baxter Lawley to complete a feasibility study into a shared labour pool. Three structures were investigated as part of the initial study, which resulted in recommending the establishment of a not-for-profit agency. The study also recommended the development of an implementation plan, based on an exhaustive process of sector engagement, to ensure the availability of support and contracted pool worker involvement in the start-up phase. 

The Department of Communities sponsored the development of an implementation plan (Phase 2), which included focus groups involving senior sector representatives. The plan covers key structural, resourcing, legal, quality, systems and human resource issues with a summary of key actions and milestones. Estimated investment and timeframes for profitability are also included.

The report is available to any interested sector organisation who may wish to further explore this business opportunity.

Interested sector organisations can obtain a copy of the report by contacting or 9208-9831 

Contact information
Geoff Holden, Manager Sector Capability and Stewardship, 08 9208 9808,