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20/05/2022
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Vic COVID-19 update: Disability guidance released

DFFH releases updated guidance for management of COVID-19 in disability settings.
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Royal Commission presses Chair of Board on former CEO’s conduct

On the final hearing day, evidence continued from Afford’s recently-appointed CEO and the Chair of its Board.

NDS Towards 2025 – A Strong Voice, Focused on Members

A message from NDS CEO, Laurie Leigh

6/05/2022

This week the NDS Board have set a new direction for the organisation with our new NDS Strategy – Towards 2025, built around our promise that we will represent our members with a strong voice to support them to deliver high quality, sustainable services for people with disability.

Our work for 2022-2025 will focus on achieving five key goals:

  1. Ensure NDIS delivers on its promise for all Australians.
  2. A powerful, informed voice across the sector for all our members.
  3. High quality and sustainable services by the sector.
  4. Members and people with lived experience at the centre of our work.
  5. A diverse and talented team delivering an organisation that is effective, efficient and sustainable.

We are committed to driving sector change through effective and ‘smart’ advocacy on behalf of our members. We have been doing this throughout the pandemic and will continue to advocate strongly on your behalf in the lead up to the election and with the incoming federal government.

As a member-focused organisation we will support you by providing timely insights and analysis that you can use to inform your own decision making, such as our regular updates on policy changes and key issues such as the Royal Commission, and by providing the tools and resources you need to promote and drive continuous improvement.

We also have an important role to facilitate networking and collaboration across the sector. We know that our members value the learning and development opportunities that NDS provides, and the collaboration of our communities of practice, and we will continue to make these services a priority.

Read the NDS Strategy in full on our website.

Member Survey Now Open

To make our Strategy a reality we rely on our hearing from our members about how we can provide the practical supports you need and ensure we advocate on the issues that matter most to you. We have recently opened the NDS Member Satisfaction Survey, and I encourage all members to complete the survey to provide your feedback on how NDS can best support you and represent your interests.

The survey is best completed by the CEO, or an alternative senior executive, who is able to respond from an organisation wide perspective. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes and is completely anonymous. Start the survey.

NDIS on the election agenda

I would like to say a particular thank you to all the providers who supported our National Day of Action to Defend the NDIS, in partnership with Every Australian Counts. People with disability, families, advocates and workers held public events across Australia in more than 20 key federal electorates to send all candidates the clear message that we need leaders who are committed to getting the scheme back to the original vision of the NDIS. It was great to be a part of the event at Olympic Park in Sydney hosted by Ability Options, Allevia, Unisson, and Eurella and to see the community out in force to support the campaign.

“Defend Our NDIS” events were also held in Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Canberra, Hobart and Melbourne as well as regional areas such as Cairns, Geelong, the Central Coast and the Illawarra.

We set out to make the NDIS an election issue and the day of action was a key marker in putting people with disability at the centre of this campaign. You can see all the action from last week and keep up to date with campaign activities on the Teamwork Works Facebook page.

Workforce Projects – Your Input Welcome

I know workforce is a hot topic for many of you, and NDS has been meeting with the federal government to represent your views on a range of workforce issues, as well as raising our concerns in the national media. We need practical strategies to meet the increasing demands for a skilled, competent, and engaged NDIS workforce.

To move these processes along we are creating opportunities for providers to have input directly into developing the solutions that will work best for the sector. NDS is partnering on projects which will develop advice on the implementation of the NDIS National Workforce Plan and is also involved in a project to support supervision practices across the sector.

Look out for opportunities for input from NDS in the coming weeks. We need your expertise to make this a success. Please contact Karen Stace submit enquiry/feedback if you would like further information on these projects.

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Laurie Leigh, CEO, submit enquiry/feedback