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Minister Fletcher announces NDIS employment taskforce

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19/11/2018

During his speech to an audience of over 600 attendees at the NDS CEO Meeting, Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher announced a new taskforce charged with removing barriers to employment for Australians with disability.  The NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce will work with NDIS participant representatives, employment service providers and related organisations. It will include representatives from the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).Minister Fletcher noted during his address that despite their many positive attributes, people with disability too often struggle to gain employment. He stated that the Government wants to enhance choice for people with disability who have the desire and capacity to work. The Minister noted that both the recently released COAG NDIS Quarterly Report and the NDS State of the Sector Report show that employment for people with disability remains unacceptably low.The Taskforce will examine how NDIS participants can be supported to seek employment in both open and supported employment. It will recommend ways to prioritise employment in the NDIS planning and review process through the provision of enhanced employment supports in participant plans. A key role of the Taskforce will be ensure that supported employment successfully transitions into the NDIS as well as conducting work to finalise supported employment pricing. The Taskforce will also develop an NDIS participant employment strategy designed to build on previous sector consultation, including the 2015 Disability Employment Taskforce, the DSS consultations on the future of supported employment and the outcomes of the NDIS participant pathways review.NDS applauds the establishment of the Taskforce and looks forward to NDS's involvement in helping to resolve the uncertainties about the future funding model for Disability Enterprises and the NDIS's interface with Disability Employment Services, among other issues. 

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