NDIS Participant Employment Strategy Key Takeaways

The NDIA has released their new Participant Employment Strategy 2024-2026 in a continued effort to improve employment outcomes for people with disability.

The Participant Employment Strategy Action Plan includes 16 priority actions over the next 3 years with four focus areas.

They include:

Quality Planning

Priority Actions
  1. Build and measure staff capability
  2. Improve systems
  3. Plan across life stages
  4. Increased focus on early intervention for people ages 14 to 25
  5. Inclusive employment
Expected Outcomes
  • Participants will have more opportunities to discuss work and plan for employment.
  • Participants will have choice and control in where they work, who supports them and choices to work in open employment.
  • Consistency in planning decisions and considering individual circumstances, evidence-based practice, building work aspiration, and fostering inclusive employment outcomes.

Efficient and Effective Employment Supports

Priority Actions
  1. Improve provider practice
  2. Better outcomes for younger people
  3. Measure provider performance
  4. Support reform of disability enterprises
Expected Outcomes
  • Participants have access to more consistent and better-quality services and supports.
  • Age-appropriate employment supports for younger people with the right incentives to drive increasing rates of inclusive employment and further education.
  • Participants will have better access to information that will allow them to make informed choices about providers.
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Supporting More Employers to Employ NDIS Participants


Priority Actions

  1. Activate employers
  2. Demonstrate success
  3. Lead by example
  4. Leverage purchasing power
Expected Outcomes
  • Improved understanding of the barriers and enablers for inclusive employment.
  • More employers will express confidence to attract and retain NDIS participants.
  • Increase in people with disability being employed in inclusive employment.
  • Participants who receive NDIS revenue will be accountable for employing people with disability in their workplace.

An Integrated Eco-System of Employment Support

Priority Actions
  1. Improve data collection
  2. Test new collaboration approaches
  3. Embed seamless access to supports
Expected Outcomes
  • Integrated employment supports across government, ensuring the right supports at the right time.
  • Shared data and analysis will provide insights into the steps participants are taking to achieve outcomes.
  • Participants on the Disability Support Pension will have surety of income support and confidence to work to their potential.

The Participant Employment Strategy also includes the NDIA’s commitment to report on these measures:

  1. Measuring employment outcomes and differentiating employment in Disability Enterprises and open, inclusive employment settings.
  2. Measure the outcomes of young people who access NDIS employment supports when transitioning from school to work or further education.
  3. Measure the engagement with Disability Employment Services and the outcome for those participants.
  4. Measure how many participants express a desire to work and are setting employment goals.
  5. Establish performance and quality indicators for developing plans for people who express a desire to work or set a work goal.
  6. Assess planning decisions at key transition points.
  7. Look at reasonable and necessary decision information, including decisions to support access to other government employment supports.
  8. Monitor how Local Area Coordinators are supporting participants to implement their employment supports and/or access to other government employment services.
  9. Measure employment services, supports and outcomes delivered by providers.
  10. Publish provider performance data.
  11. Measure the number of staff with disability working at the NDIA.
  12. Measure the employment of people with disability in our partner organisations.
  13. Monitor participant satisfaction across the employment journey. Learn about participant experiences in thinking about work, developing a plan, implementing supports and services, finding, and keeping a job, and career progression.

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