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NDS submission: Review of Skills for Victoria's Growing Economy

NDS calls for greater coordination of workforce training initiatives, improved training quality and more support for people with disabilities to gain employment.
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News update

Implementing the Victorian Care Facilities Directions (No 2) in disability residential settings – Your questions answered

The top 5 questions from the NDS Helpdesk regarding the implementation of the Victorian Care Facilities Directions (No 2)
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News update

Disability Act gazettal continues for Victorian residential services

Unless requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act 1996 can be upheld, re-gazetted Victorian group homes will continue to operate under the Disability Act 2006.

Budget contains a few highlights and lowlights, but no show-stoppers


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  • Read about how supported employees (in Australian Disability Enterprises) can engage with a Disability Employment Service
  • Australian Disability Enterprises will benefit from $17M over four years to prepare for the NDIS – find out what this means
  • Find out how employment support provided to young people with mental health conditions will be improved
  • Read about the latest gateways to improve access to information and services

Although disability doesn't feature in tonight's Federal Budget, it does contain a few notable gains and some pain.

A relatively inexpensive but welcome measure will allow supported employees (in Australian Disability Enterprises) to engage with a Disability Employment Service, for up to two years. At present a supported employee must first resign from their ADE before registering with a DES. Young people in Transition to Work programs will also be able to engage concurrently with a DES for up to six months. NDS has long sought these changes and congratulates the Government on announcing them.

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