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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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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