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Understanding the disability workforce is important as we plan ahead for a fully implemented NDIS world. The government estimates a 120% increase in full time equivalent (FTE) staff between 2014-15 and 2019-20 when the total number will be around 160,000. But who the workers are, who will employ them and under what arrangements are a work in progress.

Similarly, while the NDIS is creating more jobs in rural communities, the pace and patterns of growth are not well understood.

NDS has created the Workforce Wizard through which the sector can track its own trends, and you will find this under Benchmarking your workforce.

The NDS Workforce Census data collection is a unique resource for the disability sector. Workforce Census supports organisations in monitoring the workforce and sector changes making informed decisions about workforce development and planning for the future.

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Third edition - July 2018

NDS has released the third edition of the Australian Disability Workforce Report. It examines whether the workforce trends analysed in last February’s report are continuing, stalling or reversing. New features include state-level analysis and the results of the two latest ‘spotlight topics’.

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Second edition - February 2018

The second edition of the Australian Disability Workforce Report highlights the increasing use of casual and part-time workers as organisations grapple with NDIS pricing.

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First edition - July 2017

This is the first public report (below) to analyse the disability workforce for the same organisations across a significant period (six quarters) to reveal NDIS-related trends in the disability workforce.

Disability’s key workforce metrics, plus a special contemporary ‘spotlight’ topic, will be documented each edition.

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The Australian Government Labour Market Information Portal provides up-to-date labour market data, resources and links to support employers to make informed decisions.

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The Australian Industry Skills Committee website provides information and data on the Direct Client Care and Support sector, part of the community services industry. Disability services is one of the subsectors in this industry group; note VET data is not published for disability separately. The site also provides information on skills in demand, now and in the future.

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  • Recognise the costing components required to establish the cost of a service staff member hour
  • Calculate the cost of the human resources component of a Unit of Measurement.

You will need to register for this webinar but there is no charge.

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Workforce Planning in a Nutshell is a simple handbook on developing and implementing a workforce plan.

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You can also download the workforce planninng templates below

Current workforce profile here

Future requirements template here

Current Sample Gap closing template here

Workforce plan template here

A Workforce Planning webinar, part of the NDS and Curtin University Costing and Learning Program Practical Webinar series, discusses workforce planning decisions.

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The Analysing Time Guide describes the different elements that comprise working time and how to estimate them. It is intended to be useful to organisations in support of their budgeting, costing and pricing, rostering, management and supervision and organisational development. Two spreadsheets are also available for use. One shows a worked example of staff time calculated according to the categories in the Guide, and the other is an example of how working time data can be presented in a simple dashboard that everyone can review and discuss.

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Download Dashboard Example (Traffic Lights) here

The Employee Engagement Survey (EES) is an online survey that helps your organisation measure employee engagement and commitment.

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