NDIS - Disability Employment Australia

The National Disability Insurance Scheme
Employment and Opportunity
Disability Employment Australia, National Leaders’ Forum
Mary Hawkins
Branch Manager, Market, Innovation, Quality and Pricing
National Disability Insurance Agency
The NDIS is a new way of delivering
disability support
Supports tailored to individual needs
Insurance approach for more stable long term
costs and better outcomes
Choice and control is central
Demand-driven rather than rationed funding
Delivered in local community
Working towards national coverage
There are currently 7 launch sites being
established over the next 3 years
On 1 July 2013, the first stage of the NDIS
commenced in
South Australia
The Hunter in NSW and
The Barwon area in Victoria
Perth Hills
The ACT and NT will join the first stage on
1 July 2014
Western Australia commences a two year pilot for
NDIS and MyWay from 1 July 2014
Progress so far has been good
Website receives between 2,000 and 5,000 visits each
day – over 1million so far
More than 40,000 people have visited My Access Checker
with over 25,000 completing it
More than 1,500 people have walked into NDIS
Majority of visitors sought general information about the
Close to 2000 plans have commenced or completed
Those who have had their first planning session reported
a high level of satisfaction with the process
Principles and objects of the NDIS Act 2013 underpin
• Give effect to the obligations under the UNCRPD and certain obligations in
other conventions
• Support independence and social and economic participation – not passive
• Provide reasonable and necessary supports, including early intervention
• Enable people to exercise choice and control in pursuit of their goals, and in
the planning and delivery of their supports
• Facilitate a nationally consistent approach to the access, planning and funding
of supports
• Promote the provision of high quality and innovative supports to maximise
independent lifestyles and full inclusion in the community
Principles expand on the objects for implementation and to guide administration.
A primary aim of the scheme is to increase participation
• Consistent with UN Convention on the Rights of People with
Disabilities - aim to achieve full social and economic participation of
people with disability
• Scheme design assumes that people with disability will participate to
the extent they are able
• Increased economic participation translates to better long term
outcomes for individuals and communities
• Higher participation rates will permanently deal with social
constraints of disability
• Scheme will work to ensure that other supports, such as employment
assistance, and that are provided by other systems are accessible
• Scheme will fund reasonable and necessary disability supports
required to achieve participation
The way Participants access support is likely to change
over time
Scheme will support participants to access appropriate and
responsive mainstream systems such as DES and JSA.
Where Participant is not eligible for mainstream support they will be
funded to access support that will build their capacity and to enable
them to participate in work.
Innovation, competition and the emergence of new markets are a
possible response to greater choice and control.
New opportunities are expected to emerge for employment and
employment supports over time
Developing the Statement of Supports takes into
Sustainable informal care
Records informal care that will be provided
Talk with the family about sustainable
arrangements into the future.
Reasonable expectations of care by family
Optimise mainstream supports
Not funded by NDIS
Plan records nature, referral and support to
access to be provided
NDIS will not provide supports that should be
provided in mainstream
General supports
Services provided by Agency e.g.
Provision of information
Local area co-ordination to assist person to
access mainstream or other community services
Identify the Reasonable and Necessary Supports
Provides funding for support reasonable and necessary to achieve goals in participant statement
Assist independence, social and economic participation
Are effective or beneficial for the participant, having regard to current good practice
Management of funding for supports to
be resolved with Participant
The type of funds management that
the participant chooses can vary
depending on their circumstances.
Different options can be chosen for
different supports.
Plans may have a combination of the
options as shown.
Agency can limit self management
where financial or personal risk.
(by participant or
Employment: Guiding principles
Employment system:
Supports required regardless of
the activity they are undertaking
Reasonable adjustments in the
workplace, plus employment
• supports required regardless of
the activity (i.e. those not
primarily relating to employment)
• supported employment (ADE’s)
• transition assistance to access and
sustain employment
Examples: personal care and support
during work, portable aids and
equipment and transport to/from work
• work-specific support – reasonable
• employment services for people with
• Disability awareness training for staff
• Building modifications to enable access
Examples: workplace modifications,
work-specific aids and equipment,
and transport within work activities
Employment: Service offer
Always NDIS
1. Personal care – support
regardless of the setting (e.g.
assistance with eating)
2. Specialist transport – only to and
from employment where the
transport is required because of
the student’s disability and no
other transport option is available
3. Individualised training – for
workplaces related to the specific
personal support needs of a
Context dependent
1. Therapies and allied health
 NDIS: required to maintain
functioning or to improve
functioning in an early
intervention context
Always employment
1. Building adjustments – including
modifications and fixed aids and
2. Transport for work activities –
attending meetings
 Employers: where it is
specifically for the purpose of
undertaking an employment
related activity
3. Capacity building within
workplaces – to assist colleagues
to respond to the needs of people
with disability
2. Permanent aids and equipment
4. Employment services – assistance
for people with disability to find
and maintain employment
 NDIS: where this is required for
a range of life domains (e.g.
hearing aid)
 Employers: where it is primarily
for the purpose of engaging in
employment (e.g. a modified
Diversity and Employment within the NDIA
• The Agency is committed to being an exemplar in the disability
• Has set participation target of 12% and is working towards meeting this
• As at end September, the Agency has 9.4% of its overall staffing
identifying as having a disability
o 11.8% of the client facing network
o To compare, the current APS-wide participation level for people with
disability is 2.9%
• A range of strategies are in place to improve performance such as
selection processes including an experienced person with a disability
• 2% are from indigenous backgrounds
• And just under 6% from diverse cultural backgrounds.
NDIA role to build individual, community and
sector capacity
Practical Design Fund projects are available through our
My Choice, My Control, My Future: DisabilityCare
Australia conference on 23 and 24 June 2013. The
proceedings are available on the NDIA website.
Sector development fund
Likely to be applied to needs of individuals,
community and provider readiness
Building on previous work by jurisdictions
Roundtable discussions with the not for profit sector,
stakeholders and key interest groups have taken place
and more are planned.

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