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Tasmania in Focus by Lizzie Castles, March 2023

Our first network meeting for the year looked at the PACE trial, while Senator Urquhart and NDIS Minister Bill Shorten joined a workforce roundtable in Burnie.
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Provider data needed for NDS response to Annual Pricing Review

With the release the 2022–23 Annual Pricing Review, NDS is collecting provider pricing and cost data to strengthen our submission.

Cultivating your Disability Workforce: On-demand access

Reads: NDP Cultivating your Disability Workforce 24 June 2021 virtual conference


If you missed the launch of NDP’s Cultivating your Disability Workforce virtual conference last week, don’t worry. You can still purchase an on-demand viewing pass, providing access to all conference presentations, exhibitors and resources during the on-demand access phase until 25 July 2021.

Register now, as this offering is only available until 5.00pm AEST, 5 July 2021.

Program highlights

  • Professor Anne Kavanagh spoke about her research ‘The Forgotten Workforce’ which unearthed significant financial and psychological hardship experienced by disability support workers. 
  • Occupational therapist, Leanne McMurtrie, showed us how technology can be used to deliver better person-centred care. Her case study of a boy with autism spectrum disorder, and the VR games she commissioned to help him, won her the recent NDP Small Business Digital Champions contest. 
  • Far from the welfare spend it is so often framed to be, regional disability workforce connector, Andrew Gibbs, shared his insights and stories about the economic impact of the NDIS – a 22-billion-dollar golden ticket to stimulate regional economies. 
  • Every four years the Fair Work Commission reviews the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHADS). There are a few welcome improvements for people in the disability sector. Michael Pegg provided the latest from the Fair Work Commission on the SCHADS Award. 
  • The Disability Royal Commission has been extended a further 17 months. Henry Newton led a panel discussing how we can all entrench zero tolerance for violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. 
  • One in five new jobs in Australia is expected to be in disability support over the next few years. Laura Green from one of Australia’s biggest disability service providers shared how the sector is providing mature women entering the sector with opportunities to thrive. 

View the full program.

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact NDS Events, submit enquiry/feedback, 02 9256 3192