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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.

Report reveals the impact of potential ADE wage increases

ADE wage impact

29/09/2015

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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