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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.
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Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme to be expanded from 1 November

The DWES for workers in direct support roles at registered residential services will be expanded to cover all Victorian services registered with the DHHS.
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Submission

Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into the Provision of Services under the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

The insurance principle which underpins the NDIS justifies a strong emphasis on early intervention for young children with disability or developmental delay.

Social impact investing could stimulate service innovation

Young people's legs on a street

7/03/2017

I need to know this because:
  • Social impact investing could stimulate and support service innovation
  • NDS’s submission to the Federal Treasury highlights areas where further research into the use of social impact investing is warranted

While the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is improving supports for people with significant and permanent disability, it is not the whole picture.

NDS is interested in how social impact investing could stimulate and support service innovation. Many disability service providers do not have adequate capital resources to support service innovation, and social impact investing is one way to address this.Caution must be used with this approach, however. Social impact investing typically requires tangible outcome measures. Outcomes achieved by a substantial proportion of the supports that will be funded by the NDIS (such as personal care and support to participate in community activities) cannot easily be measured; nor does successful service provision which improves the quality of life of service recipients generally result in a reduction of supports. Any investigation of social impact investing for disability services should take this into account.

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