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5/06/2020
Policy News

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.
News update
28/04/2020
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)
News update
20/04/2020
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.

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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