National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDIS and Employment

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is Australia’s first national scheme of funding for people with a disability. It gives funding directly to individuals that they can use to get supports to help them live a normal life. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability.

How the NDIS can help with employment

The NDIS has a key role in helping get people with disabilities into work.

It can help people with disabilities understand more about finding and keeping a job or doing other things, like volunteering or work experience.
It can help people with disabilities to plan and set goals about employment at their planning meetings.

NDIS supports may include:

  • Funding in individual NDIS plans.
  • Information about other government services, supports and mainstream employment funding available such as:
    • Disability Employment Services (DES)
    • Community programs
    • Volunteering opportunities

The NDIS may fund reasonable and necessary employment supports, which can be used in a wide range of workplaces, including private and government employers, social enterprises, micro-businesses, self-employment or an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE).

Supports Include:

  • Capacity building supports to help teach new skills, increase capability and independence of people with a disability at work.
  • Ongoing on-the-job support for people with disabilities to be able to complete work tasks and keep jobs either one to one or as part of a group.
  • Personal care at work, for example help with eating meals.
  • School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) and other individual and group based supports to achieve employment goals.

Other goals could be to become more independent at work or progress career goals.

NDIS funding, for example for community participation, can also be used to build skills and take important steps towards employment, such as learning to use public transport, meet new people or manage money. Gaining confidence in these areas might be a first step in an employment journey.

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