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New Disability Employment Support Model Consultation Report released

NDS welcomes the long-awaited release of the report on a New Disability Employment Support Model following a public consultation process that ended in February.
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New job platform to address low employment rates of people with disability

An innovative online job-matching platform that aims to link jobseekers with disability and progressive employers has been launched by Disability Services Minister Hon. Don Punch MLA.

Disability Workforce Report introduces state analysis

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The third edition of the Australian Disability Workforce Report (PDF | Word) examines whether the workforce trends analysed in February’s report are continuing, stalling or reversing. New features include state-level analysis and two ‘spotlight topics’ - qualifications of new staff and recruitment difficulty. 

The report is informed by data from 45,000 workers around Australia, collected over 11 quarters from service providers through Workforce Wizard. 

The report indicates:

  • rapid net employment growth (13.8 per cent) in the last financial year, over five times greater than the workforce as a whole and mainly concentrated in casual employment;
  • employment policies diverging between larger and smaller organisations; and
  • some gains, possibly related to the more buoyant labour market, in permanent employment and average working hours. Among allied health workers, the long-term downward trend in working hours reversed for the first time in a year. 

Just one in five new recruits in the December 2017 quarter had a disability-related qualification (Certificate III and above). 

Workforce Wizard is gaining recognition as Australia's best source of disability workforce data, and providers are committing to it in larger numbers. If your organisation hasn’t signed up, consider:

  • the value of regular benchmark reports, provided free-of-charge; and
  • your contribution to strong evidence base NDS and providers can use for workforce planning and advocacy.

Data entry for the current period closes on 27 July 2018. Register today!

Find more on the disability workforce on NDS’s Workforce Hub.

Publication: Australian Disability Workforce Report third edition - July 2018

Australian Disability Workforce Report third edition - July 2018

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Caroline Alcorso, National Manager (Workforce Development), 02 9256 3180, submit enquiry/feedback