NDIS employment support

NDIS Employment Support

NDIS Employment support offers specialist employment assistance to help people with disability, injury or health conditions, find (and keep) suitable employment. It can also provide support to their employers.

NDIS Employment support offers specialist employment assistance to help people with disability, injury or health conditions find (and keep) suitable employment. It can also provide support to their employers.

With the help of NDIS Employment Support, participants can build their self-confidence and bolster their mental health, empowered by the sense of independence and purpose meaningful employment gives them.

Disability Employment Services

The 2017 budget set aside $3 billion over four years to invest in Disability Employment Services (DES) and related services, with significant modifications to how DES providers are paid.

These reflect the aspirations of the NDIS- to improve choice and control for Participants and encourage greater competition between providers.

Supports now cover the whole employment journey, including after-care, as part of the NDIA's commitment to assist more persons with a disability in reaching their professional goals:

  • Identifying and developing career pathways
  • Developing your skills
  • Supports that can help you get and keep a job
  • On the job support.

Setting Employment Goals

Working may seem like a significant step. Your planner/Support Coordinator can assist you in taking these first steps towards employment.

Your planning/review meeting is between you, your planner, and your nominated family member or carer if you want them there.

Here you discuss any new or continuing employment objectives. It's also an excellent time to speak about any challenges you've had in the workplace or in looking for work and why you believe you haven't been able to find a job previously.

Your disability employment services planner will discuss your personal situation and may ask the following types of questions:

  • What has held you back from working before?
  • Do you have any specific skills, qualifications or work experience?
  • Have you done any courses or got any qualifications?

If, as a result of your disability, you need a support worker in your workplace, talk to your Local Area Coordinator or Support Coordinator because NDIS plan funds may be available to support you here too.

Types of NDIS employment supports.

1. Workplace assistance.

The Workplace Assistance expenditure category includes various services and supports for individuals who want to work or advance their careers. Any working-age individual may utilize it with an employment-related goal in an open employment environment or with an Australian Disability Enterprise.

These disability employment services include:

  • Establishing what work would mean for you
  • Building on your foundational skills
  • Managing your specific barriers to employment
  • Specialized job-customization
  • Developing a career plan
  • Managing your transition from an Australian Disability Enterprise into open employment.

2. Supports in employment – Specialized supported employment.

Participants who are employed but less independent in performing their work tasks can now benefit from these new supports, funded by the NDIS Core budget category. They may also require additional coaching to operate effectively at work, such as help staying focused, assistance with communication, or support with managing behaviour.

These disability employment services may be provided individually or in groups, and include:

  • On-the-job assessments related to the impact of your disability on your ability to work
  • Customization in the workplace
  • On-the-job training
  • Support with work-based tasks
  • Physical assistance and personal care at work
  • Supports to manage disability-related behaviour or complex needs.

This backing can be utilized in any job setting, including the public and non-profit sectors, social enterprises, an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), or self-employment.

3. School leaver employment supports (SLES).

Students can use this program to gain skills and confidence at work, allowing them to transition from school to employment during the final months of study. These Capacity Building aids are a facet of disability employment services designed to help those with unique or complex requirements.

4. Employment-related assessment and counselling.

A Capacity Building budget will assist participants in successfully engaging in employment by providing workplace evaluation or therapy. Participants who require counselling or significant support following a traumatic accident or progression of their disability, for example.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can NDIS fund my employment services?

NDIS can fund some disability employment services but not all.

NDIS may fund services that help you prepare for employment, find a job, establish yourself in your workplace and help you remain employed.

NDIS cannot fund paid work experience (internships or placements), training courses to update or improve your skills, or any services not related to finding and keeping you in employment.

However, NDIS can pay for some costs associated with finding work, such as transport or equipment. NDIS can also fund supports that help you remain in employment, for example, paid or unpaid leave.

Who provides NDIS employment support?

NDIS employment support is provided by NDIS Local Coordination Partnerships (LCPs) and NDIS Local Area Coordinators (LACs).

What is an NDIS support worker?

An NDIS support worker is someone who NDIS can pay to help you work towards employment goals. NDIS support workers are not the same as NDIS personal assistants. NDIS support workers may assist with looking for or preparing for work.

What doesn't NDIS fund?

The NDIS has positioned itself to meet the needs not currently met by other systems. They have made it explicitly clear that disability employment services are not designed to fill the gaps that exist within current DSS and employer systems.

NDIS also does not fund services unrelated to employment, such as training.

What is a supported employment provider?

A supported employment provider can help NDIS participants find and maintain work. They provide specialist disability employment services tailored to the individual, including job search support, access to training and coaching, workplace adjustment support or assistance to start self-employment. NDIS will fund some of these services.

Do I have to use a supported employment provider?

No, NDIS support workers can help you prepare for and find employment. NDIS may also fund some services unrelated to finding and maintaining work. NDIS participants do not have to use a supported employment provider if they decide they don't want to.

How much NDIS funding is available?

NDIS Participants can access up to $5,000 per year for NDIS Employment Support. This includes up to $2,000 for disability employment services provided by a support worker. NDIS can also fund some costs associated with finding employment, such as transport or equipment. NDIS can also fund supports that help you remain at work, for example, paid or unpaid leave.