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5/06/2020
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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.
News update
22/05/2020
News update

Member consultation on new draft Victorian Portable Long Service Scheme Regulations and Regulatory Impact Statement

As part of the review of the Long Service Benefits Portability Interim Regulations, the Victorian Government released Draft Regulations and a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for public consultation.
News update
22/05/2020
News update

Federal Court confirms principles identified in 2018 casual worker decision

The recent Federal Court Workpac V Rossato decision has confirmed the principles of the Workpac v Skene decision in 2018.


Latest Workforce Census data now available

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17/04/2020

NDS has released the results of the most recent Workforce Census data collection for the period July to December 2019.

Workforce Census documents key workforce metrics, including rates of casual and part-time employment, turnover, and working hours. Each round of data collection also includes one-off ‘spotlight’ topics, and in this instance the questions related to workers’ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait origin.

With a record 284 organisations contributing metadata covering over 51,000 workers nationally, this latest data collection underlines the importance of Workforce Census as a unique and valuable tool for the Disability Sector

The results show, in this period before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, some positive signs of a sector starting to consolidate after the comparative volatility of the NDIS roll-out. This was evidenced by shifts from part-time to full-time employment, from casual to permanent employment, as well as an increase in the average number of hours worked by casuals.

This NDS Workforce Census December 2019 Snapshot infographic contains a high-level summary of the data.

This data collection will serve as a valuable benchmark once the current crisis has passed. NDS will use the data in our advocacy, not least for pricing that supports high-quality jobs and allows the sector to retain a skilled and experienced workforce.

Participating organisations that contribute data to NDS Workforce Census will receive unique insights to how their workforce compares to national trends in the form of a benchmark report in the coming weeks.

The next data collection, for the period ending 30 June 2020, will take place in September. Organisations can express interest to sign up via NDS's Workforce Registration page

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Michael Field, National Workforce Development Manager, 0488056350,