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11/08/2022
News update

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.
Media release
10/08/2022
Media release

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.

Victoria’s mental health reforms progressing and upcoming NDS workshop

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29/07/2022

What you need to know

  • Victoria’s mental health system reforms are underway
  • The Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2022 tabled to give effect to reforms of the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System
  • COVID has increased the urgency for sector support for individuals living with disability and mental health needs
  • Opportunity to provide input to support the development of disability-appropriate service models

Provider feedback and sector polls highlight concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of participants and workers. The impact of living with the COVID pandemic has increased incidence and service access needs, especially for people with disabilities.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2022 currently tabled in Parliament will support the implementation of the Royal Commission recommendations aimed at reforming the system. This bill has been developed with input from key stakeholders including individuals with lived experiences of mental health conditions.

The recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System were based on a system review carried out pre-COVID. To ensure current and emerging needs or concerns are also considered NDS is actively engaging with the Victorian Government to identify opportunities for how people with disabilities can be appropriately supported to manage their health needs.

Recent mental health system reforms include:

Upcoming event: Disability provider opportunity for input

Thursday 11 August, online workshop

NDS is seeking sector input on participant mental health needs and worker capacity to manage these. Our upcoming workshop will also provide more details on the mental health reforms and how they relate to disability services.

The meeting will include:

  • Update on Victorian mental health reform progression
  • Opportunity for providers to highlight the participant mental health needs and any barriers to accessing support
  • Worker knowledge and skills needs to support increased participant mental health assessments and support
  • NDS engagement plan for progressing disability sector-specific input into the mental health reforms

Register for the workshop: Victorian mental health reforms progression: Opportunity for disability sector input

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Heather McMinn, Disability Sector Consultant, submit enquiry/feedback, show phone number