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NDIS-funded services exempted from Long Service Benefits Portability Act

The Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018 will become law after passing Parliament on 5 September, with NDIS-funded services excluded from its scope.
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Policy News

Australian Disability Workforce Report: Second edition highlights workforce risks

The second edition of the Australian Disability Workforce Report illustrates greater use of casual and part-time workers as organisations grapple with pricing.
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Policy News

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.

Report reveals the impact of potential ADE wage increases

ADE wage impact


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  • Find out why ADEs cannot absorb higher wage costs without the loss of a large number of jobs
  • Gain an understanding of the ongoing viability of ADEs
  • Preview data relating to the number of supported employees, wages, ADE expenditure, revenue and profitability
  • See how wage, cost and profitability data can determine the impact of an increase in wage costs on the ADE viability.

A 40% increase in the wages of supported employees would see 85% of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) in deficit, with four in 10 ADEs making losses above $250,000. This is a key finding of a report which NDS commissioned from KPMG.

The report, 'Assessing the impact of increasing wage costs on Australian Disability Enterprises', stress tests ADEs in relation to a range of wage cost increases - from 20% to 100%. It shows that many ADEs currently struggle to be financially viable and that imposing higher wage costs would tip them over the edge. The project collected data from 85 organisations operating ADEs (44% of ADEs nationally employing 57% of supported employees) ensuring a representative sample.

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