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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
28/04/2020
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)
News update
20/04/2020
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.

NDS contributes to SCHADS Award Review

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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,