Changes to disability day programs

NSW Health has recommended that disability day programs temporarily cease all activities in group settings from 6pm July 27 to August 10.

We have written to NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds. You can read our letter here.

Work in day programs? Let us know here.

What this means for members working in day programs?

  • Change may need to be introduced to your workplace to comply with this advice.

    When significant change like this happens at work, members have the right to be consulted about what will happen and give your input and feedback.

  • Activities in day programs can continue online, or as individual supports. So services should be talking to their participants and workers about how they can continue their activities during the next few weeks but in different ways.

  • Some NDIS providers that provide accommodation services or other disability programs may ask you to do shifts in their residential programs during the day while the day program group activity is postponed.

We went through this last year in the first lockdown and most services worked with their union members to support everyone to stay employed and paid while group activities were suspended.

How we will be supporting members in day programs:

  1. To support members we will be holding urgent union meetings this week across day programs.

    Register your day program here to have a union meeting and we will be in touch.

  2. Every disability support worker in day programs should continue to be employed and paid during this period and we are writing to the NDIS Minister urgently seeking her intervention to ensure jobs are protected in day programs.

  3. Calling on the Federal Government to bring back job keeper. Over 80,000 people have already signed the petition. Add your name here.

Read more about COVID19 and the disability sector here.