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NDS voices concerns on proposed registration and accreditation scheme

In its submission to the Victorian Government, NDS outlines our concerns about the proposed registration and accreditation scheme for the disability workforce.
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Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme to be expanded from 1 November

The DWES for workers in direct support roles at registered residential services will be expanded to cover all Victorian services registered with the DHHS.
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Submission

Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into the Provision of Services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

The insurance principle which underpins the NDIS justifies a strong emphasis on early intervention for young children with disability or developmental delay.

NDS contributes to SCHADS Award Review

A person addressing a table of people at work.

7/09/2016

I need to know this because:
  • NDS and Jobs Australia have been working together to present evidence that informs the Fair Work Commission of the reality of the NDIS operating environment.
  • Provides members with information about issues and progress which may help inform their own decisions about workforce management and workplace bargaining.

Fair Work Commission (FWC) hearings have commenced for the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) award. NDS and Jobs Australia have been working together to present evidence that informs the FWC about the workforce management challenges associated with the NDIS.

We are seeking additional flexibilities for permanent workers that will help enable the growth of attractive, secure jobs in the NDIS environment and reduce unnecessary reliance on casualisation and contracting of the disability support workforce.

The Full Bench has now heard from NDS Chief Executive Ken Baker and several members about trends in rosters, the content and location of work, pricing and the rate of cancellations and rescheduling under the Scheme.

All of these have implications for award provisions, including those concerning rostering, part-time engagements and on-call arrangements.

Hearings are continuing. The below update provides information about decisions so far, issues, progress and the timetable over the coming months.

The information will help inform providers who are making decisions about workforce management and workplace bargaining.

Publication: SCHADS Award Review Update September 2016

SCHADS Award Review Update September 2016

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Contact information
Caroline Alcorso, National Manager (Workforce Development), 02 9256 3180,