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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.
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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)
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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.

Report reveals the impact of potential ADE wage increases

ADE wage impact


I need to know this because:
  • 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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