National Disability Services (NDS) Ticket to Work response to National Disability Strategy Review
30 Jul 2019
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.
NDIS Essential Issues: making employment a priority
14 Jul 2018
There is enormous scope to increase the employment of people with disability. The workforce
participation rate of Australians with disability is low (53%) and static. The workforce participation rate of
Australians with severe or profound disability actually fell between 2012 and 2015 - from 30% to 25%.
The NDIS cannot supply the full answer to this problem, but its potential to expand disability
employment is considerable.
NDS Position Paper: improving school to work transition through the NDIS
13 Dec 2017
The gap between young people with disability and those without disability has widened, and
there has been a decrease in the rate of economic and social participation for young people with
disability. It is imperative that these trends are reversed. NDS welcomes the NDIA’s focus on school-to-work support, particularly as it has been found that if young people with significant disability do not
engage in mainstream employment by age 21, it is unlikely that they ever will.
Submission to the Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian Schools
03 Aug 2017
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 workforce.
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 has widened.
Enhancing employment opportunities for young people with significant disability
22 Jul 2017
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.