NDS submission into sustainable employment for disadvantaged job seekers

National Disability Services (NDS) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Victorian Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee. We note that the Victorian Government has in place strategies and policies intended to facilitate the increased employment of disadvantaged jobseekers. Various Victorian government agencies have also worked closely with NDS members through initiatives such […]

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National Disability Services (NDS) Ticket to Work response to National Disability Strategy Review

The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 is about creating a more inclusive society that enables Australians with disability to fulfill their potential as equal citizens. At the end of 2020 the Strategy will end and governments across Australia are working together to develop a new strategy for beyond 2020. National Disability Services (NDS) Ticket to Work response to the […]

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Ticket to Work Post School Outcomes

Ticket to Work prepares high school students with disability for the world of work. An evaluation found that Ticket to Work participants have higher labour market participation, school completion, postschool studying, social participation and independence compared to other young people with similar disability (the comparison group). Post School Outcomes PDF Post School Outcomes Word Post […]

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Study shows long-term benefits of supporting young Australians with disability to prepare for work

  Evidence shows that young people with disability are able to thrive in open employment when prepared and supported while at school through a coordinated approach. A new evaluation report shows that Ticket to Work, an initiative of National Disability Services, is providing effective school-to-work transition supports for young people with disability. The outcomes study […]

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Transitions to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability and the Ticket to Work Initiative

The Transitions to Employment of Australian Young People with Disability and the Ticket to Work Initiative report is centred on an exploration of transition from school to work within the context of young people with disability. The report provides youth disability data, explores what factors and elements comprise ‘good transition’ for this cohort and examines the […]

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Research to Action Guides: School to Employment Transitions

Bridging the gap between what we know and what we do. Our objective is to build a comprehensive online collection of disability research and translational resources for the Australian context. Our Research to Action Guides are based on the best available local and international evidence and put together by subject matter experts to support research […]

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Literature review: Young people with intellectual disabilities and work in after-school jobs

Over 60 per cent of secondary students have an after-school job, yet for many students with disability, they are unable to get support they need to participate in a job while at school. This could put them at a further disadvantage when trying to access employment post-school. Ticket to Work has embarked on a project to explore the […]

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NDIS Essential Issues: Making Employment a Priority

Boosting the employment of people with disability is integral to the vision of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It was central to the Productivity Commission’s original blueprint, which argued that, over time, the economic benefits of the NDIS would outweigh the costs. It is prominent among the objects set out in the National Disability […]

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NDS Position Paper: Improving school-to-work transition through the NDIS

Employment is desirable for people with disability. It has beneficial outcomes such as increased confidence, better standards of living, greater financial independence, broader social networks and career development prospects. Young Australians with disability, however, are not successfully transitioning from school into further training or employment, which results in long-term – often lifelong – disadvantage. They are more […]

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Submission to the Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian Schools

National Disability Service (NDS) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools. As the peak body in Victoria and Australia for non-government disability service providers, NDS works both to support the employment of people with disability and for the support and maintenance of a robust and sustainable disability […]

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Inquiry into School to Work Transition

NDS was asked to put in a Submission to the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. Our submission found that many young people with disability are not transitioning from school effectively and that the education and employment gap between young people with disability and those without disability is widened. Download full paper: Inquiry into School […]

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Enhancing Employment Opportunities for Young People with Significant Disability

This paper outlines the gap in policy and practice in Australia that affect the capacity of a young person with disability to take an open employment pathway. The paper also highlights the Ticket to Work model and its success in improving school to work transition for young people with significant disability. Full Report download: Ticket_to_work_policy_summary

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Does training enhance the employment prospects of people with disability?

In short, the evidence strongly suggests it does. Completing a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification not only strongly improves the chances of getting a job, but also keeping it (Polidano et al. 2010). Even though there are definite benefits of VET participation, people with disability are underrepresented in the VET sector (6.8 per cent […]

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‘Ticket to Work’ – A best practice School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship model for students with disability

This Paper is both a literature review of strategies and approaches to apprenticeships and traineeships for people with a disability and recommendations for how to develop a best practice SBAT model for young people with disabilities. This Paper was written to assist the ‘Youth Disability Pathways Network (Inner Melbourne)’ stakeholders to initiate a pilot SBAT […]

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