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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.

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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