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18/07/2024
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The NDIS Commission seeks feedback on the Workforce Capability Framework

An independent survey from KPMG is open until 24 July to evaluate the effectiveness and use of the framework.
News update
18/07/2024
News update

NDS joins calls for accessible housing standards in NSW and WA

State governments’ failure to sign up to basic design standards for new homes discriminates against people with disability.

ABC News: Maryborough Endeavour timber facility teaches people with disability to further their skills

People with disability in high visibility PPE working in a warehouse

16/11/2023

The ABC in Wide Bay have reported on the Endeavour timberyard in Maryborough, Queensland, which employs 43 people with a disability. The yard produces over 800,000 wooden stakes for the mines and construction industries, with people with disability running all the machinery and driving the forklifts. It is one of 28 sites that Endevour run nationally to give people with disability the skills to keep them in employment. 

In the television report, journalist Pat Heagney interviews Kirsten Drier, a person with autism, who has worked for the facility for ten years and is now training others in the operation of the machinery. Endeavour Senior Business Manager Scott Reed says, “It’s about providing the opportunity for our employees to go as far as they want to go, in their own time.”  

The website report quotes State Manager of NDS in Queensland Jason McKey: "There is certainly some stigma surrounding employing people with disability Australia-wide. A lot of it is basically ignorance on the part of people not realising the terrific potential that they're missing out on by employing people with disability."

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