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SDA Update and Overview Resource

NDS has released an overview for SDA Providers of the complex regulatory environment and invites members to join an online SDA reference group.
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NDS calls for delay of Portable Long Service Scheme for community services sector

In its submission to government, NDS argues that the continuing confusion around the Portable Long Service Scheme means a delay is necessary.
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Portable Long Service Scheme to cover all disability services

Draft regulations for the scheme, which originally excluded NDIS-funded activity, include all disability services from 1 January 2020.

Employment initiatives for people with disability gather momentum

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  • The NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce has released several new employment initiatives.
  • Members of the taskforce will meet with the Supported Employment National Committee.
  • A new booklet will help NDIS participants focus on their employment goals.
  • Improved employer resources have been added to the JobAccess website.

NDS is pleased to note that the Government’s renewed emphasis on assisting people with disability to gain and retain employment through the NDIS is building momentum. Following the recent webinar ‘Let’s talk about work’, the Government has announced the release of additional information and resources for people with disability and employers.The initiatives are the work of the NDIS Participant Employment Taskforce, which is charged with improving the way participants can access employment supports in their NDIS plans. Representatives of the Taskforce, including former NDS Chief Executive Dr Ken Baker, will attend the next meeting of the national committee on supported employment on 13 March, to discuss their work and hear from providers. The NDIA has released a 'Let’s talk about work’ booklet designed to be used during the NDIS planning process. The booklet assists participants to identify their strengths and examine possible barriers to employment that could be alleviated through access to a range of employment-focused supports. The booklet includes a strong focus on participants identifying their employment goals. The Taskforce has also endorsed improved information resources for employers on the JobAccess website. These include a series of case studies highlighting innovative employment models and practices for people with disability across a spectrum of available employment options. The case studies complement the Government’s newly released ‘Employer Toolkit’, an online resource designed to encourage employers to hire people with disability. The toolkit’s modules investigate topics such as inclusive policy design, recruitment of jobseekers with disability and workplace adjustments. The Toolkit is also intended to support initiatives targeting small and medium-sized employers through the ‘Employ their Ability’ campaign. New research has revealed that a significant number of employers are open to employing a person with disability, but feel that they lack the resources and support to do so. The recent Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant round also seeks to build the capacity of employers to recruit jobseekers with disability. The Government has recently commenced a series of public forums focused on early employment intervention supports for school students. The forums will investigate how to achieve better collaboration between employers and schools as well as improved service coordination. The booklet, webinar and forum summary can be found here. The case studies and other supports and resources for employers can be accessed on the JobAccess website.

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