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NDS State Budget Submission 2019-20 focuses on sustainability and community

NDS’ submission identifies two priorities: to support a sustainable, innovative disability sector; and to continue to build an inclusive Victorian community.
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Feedback invited on Disability Act 2006 review

NDS is seeking feedback on the Victorian Government's review of the Disability Act 2006.
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Employment initiatives for people with disability gather momentum

NDS is pleased that the government's renewed emphasis on assisting people with disability to gain and retain employment continues to build momentum.

NDIS to create jobs for WA economy

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I need to know this because:
  • In WA the NDIS will support between 2,400 and 3,900 people with disability to find work and enable 4,000 carers to return to the workforce
  • The scheme is expected to create an employment boom in WA with 6,500 - 7,900 jobs
  • It will generate additional jobs in the WA disability services sector
  • The scheme's total contribution will add $3.5B to WA's annual Gross State Product

NDS and Every Australian Counts have released a paper showing the potential scale of the economic benefits the NDIS will bring to Western Australia. The modelling forecasts the economic impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Australia once fully implemented and the potential increase to labour force participation of people with disability and their carers as a result of the NDIS. The model also measures the impact of people with disability achieving their work intentions through NDIS support, as well as the work intentions of carers.The report uses ABS data on numbers of people with disability who would like to work but because of various restrictions have been unable to. With the NDIS, this is expected to change as more support becomes available to more people with disability. The report also includes data of carers who want to return to the workforce but currently cannot because of their caring responsibilities. The modelling is based on an ABS survey of over 75,000 people with disability and their carers. At about one 300th of the Australian population, this makes it the largest sample survey conducted by the ABS.NDS WA State Manager, Ms Julie Waylen, says: “We know that having a paid job is one of the major determinants for a good life, by providing not only an income and better economic security but also bringing empowerment through meaningful employment. “Research tell us that people who work contribute to society, gain financial independence, have more confidence, expand their social network, are healthier and overall enjoy a better standard of living. “Removing the barriers and making it easier for people with disability to work in a job of their choice and increasing their numbers in the workforce is the mark of a successful society.”

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