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NDS symposium looks for provider advice on NDIS workforce strategy

What you need to know

  • NDS is holding a symposium on Thursday 31 August on the question: What would you like to see in the NDIS Workforce Strategy?

  • Disability providers who wish to contribute can express their interest before Friday 18 August.

  • The information and perspectives gathered in this meeting will feed into the October meeting of the NDIS Workforce Industry Reference Group, which is co-chaired by NDS CEO Laurie Leigh.



NDS is holding a symposium to ask the question: What would you like to see in the NDIS Workforce Strategy? The industry priorities raised in the symposium will inform a later meeting of the NDIS Workforce Reference Group, co-chaired by NDS CEO Laurie Leigh.

The reference group was set up to develop an industry-led workforce strategy for the NDIS. It is made up of peak bodies, service providers, unions, and organisations for people with disability and First Nations communities. Their next meeting, in late October, will discuss the question being put to the symposium.


If you wish to attend the symposium, which is on 7 September, please email NDS to express your interest by Friday 18 August: submit enquiry/feedback

We will structure the discussion based on the number of attendees.


Background


Although the care and support sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the Australian economy, workforce attraction and retention remain a challenge. The NDIS Review has heard many NDIS workers are suffering burnout; that three out of four NDIS workers are employed part-time or casually; that many workers can’t access training and feel they have limited career opportunities; and that heavy administrative burdens are delaying people from starting work or from working efficiently.

Many of these issues arise because the NDIS was rolled out without a strategy for its workforce.


Earlier this year, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet released the draft National Care and Support Economy Strategy. It sets a road map for a sustainable and productive care and support economy that delivers quality care with decent jobs by 2033.


By developing whole-of-system solutions, the draft strategy complements work already being done in aged care, disability support, veterans’ care and early childhood education and care.

A key document for the National Care and Support Economy Strategy will be the NDIS Workforce Strategy, which will be drafted through the NDIS Workforce Industry Reference Group. The reference group will meet in late October to discuss the NDIS Workforce Strategy and it needs the contributions of disability service providers to set priorities.

Express your interest The online session on Thursday 31 August, from 3:00 to 5:00pm (AEST time), will make a workforce wish-list, as well as some actionable goals for the government. The session will explore the reference group’s question: What would you like to see in the NDIS Workforce Strategy? It will focus on how to ensure quality care and support, decent jobs, and a sustainable NDIS. The NDS workforce team will then write up a discussion paper to put before the NDIS Workforce Industry Reference Group.

NDS appreciates the more proactive approach of the Australian Government and the many points of engagement it has created with the sector.


We’re looking to put together a representative group of disability service providers from across Australia. If you are interested in taking part in this important session, please send an EOI to NDS Senior Workforce Policy and Project Office, Lourdes Zamanillo: submit enquiry/feedback by close of business on Friday 18 August to be considered.


An agenda and link to the symposium will be distributed by Thursday 24 August. We look forward to having you be part of the conversation. What you need to know

  • NDS is holding a symposium on Thursday 31 August on the question: What would you like to see in the NDIS Workforce Strategy?

  • Disability providers who wish to contribute can express their interest before Friday 18 August.

  • The information and perspectives gathered in this meeting will feed into the October meeting of the NDIS Workforce Industry Reference Group, which is co-chaired by NDS CEO Laurie Leigh.

NDS is holding a symposium to ask the question: What would you like to see in the NDIS Workforce Strategy? The industry priorities raised in the symposium will inform a later meeting of the NDIS Workforce Reference Group, co-chaired by NDS CEO Laurie Leigh.


The reference group was set up to develop an industry-led workforce strategy for the NDIS. It is made up of peak bodies, service providers, unions, and organisations for people with disability and First Nations communities. Their next meeting, in late October, will discuss the question being put to the symposium.


If you wish to attend the symposium, which is on 7 September, please email NDS to express your interest by Friday 18 August: submit enquiry/feedback

We will structure the discussion based on the number of attendees.


Background


Although the care and support sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the Australian economy, workforce attraction and retention remain a challenge. The NDIS Review has heard many NDIS workers are suffering burnout; that three out of four NDIS workers are employed part-time or casually; that many workers can’t access training and feel they have limited career opportunities; and that heavy administrative burdens are delaying people from starting work or from working efficiently.

Many of these issues arise because the NDIS was rolled out without a strategy for its workforce.


Earlier this year, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet released the draft National Care and Support Economy Strategy. It sets a road map for a sustainable and productive care and support economy that delivers quality care with decent jobs by 2033. By developing whole-of-system solutions, the draft strategy complements work already being done in aged care, disability support, veterans’ care and early childhood education and care.

A key document for the National Care and Support Economy Strategy will be the NDIS Workforce Strategy, which will be drafted through the NDIS Workforce Industry Reference Group. The reference group will meet in late October to discuss the NDIS Workforce Strategy and it needs the contributions of disability service providers to set priorities.

Express your interest The online session on Thursday 31 August, from 3:00 to 5:00pm (AEST time), will make a workforce wish-list, as well as some actionable goals for the government. The session will explore the reference group’s question: What would you like to see in the NDIS Workforce Strategy? It will focus on how to ensure quality care and support, decent jobs, and a sustainable NDIS. The NDS workforce team will then write up a discussion paper to put before the NDIS Workforce Industry Reference Group.

NDS appreciates the more proactive approach of the Australian Government and the many points of engagement it has created with the sector.


We’re looking to put together a representative group of disability service providers from across Australia. If you are interested in taking part in this important session, please send an EOI to NDS Senior Workforce Policy and Project Office, Lourdes Zamanillo: submit enquiry/feedback by close of business on Friday 18 August to be considered.


An agenda and link to the symposium will be distributed by Thursday 24 August. We look forward to having you be part of the conversation.

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