- Supports to assist Participants with employment where it beyond the requirements of employment services and employers.
- Supports the Participant would require regardless of the activity they are undertaking (personal care, assistance with transport, assistive technology).
Moreover, the NDIS has identified that they will be responsible (through Partners in Community, in particular, the Local Area Coordinators) for building relationships with mainstream providers and the local community to improve their understanding of employment needs of people with disabilities.
Participants who identify employment as a goal, will not necessarily receive ‘Finding and Keeping a Job’ funds in their plan. Instead, they may be referred to mainstream supports and be assessed for their eligibility to meet Job Seekers Australia (JSA) access criteria. The exception will be people in transitioning Australian Disability Enterprises.
The NDIS has positioned itself to respond to Participant employment needs not currently met by other systems. They have made it explicitly clear that they will not fill the gaps that exist within current DSS and employer systems.
Undoubtedly, employment supports under the NDIS remains a very complex area. Participants, families and Millennium Disability Care will need greater clarity before they can navigate the two systems and understand where their support needs fit.