Once fully rolled-out, the National Disability Insurance Scheme will support around a half-million participants. To meet that need, the disability services workforce will double in size by 2020. Ensuring a quality, professional and sustainable workforce is essential to achieving the goal of delivering real choice and control.
Thousands of ASU members working in the Disability and Mental Health sectors have been talking about the good, the bad and the ugly implementations of the NDIS in NSW and ACT. We know the gaps and we've identified the priority issues together. Delegates have attended NDIS worker forums, presented at parliamentary inquiries and written submissions for NDIS reviews.
We now know that:
- the pricing units don't reflect the true cost of delivering high quality person centred services;
- we need greater focus on training and ongoing worker development;
- a classification structure which recognises the skills required to work with high support needs clients needs to be developed;
We want secure jobs with predictable hours for worker security and continuity of support for people with disability.
Now we need to stand united so that the Federal Government listens to our demands.
A New Training System for the NDIS
Last year at our NDIS Delegates Conference, ASU members discussed a portable training system that would allow every NDIS worker to have access to ongoing training to pursue qualifications or specialisations in disability support.
How it works
- New recruits to the sector would receive basic induction and foundation courses, to provide them with adequate skills to start their careers.
- For every 50 hours of NDIS supports you provide, you accumulate 1 hour of training, covering both the cost of the course fees and your paid time off to do the course.
- An average worker would accumulate three day paid training course per year.
- The accumulated hours go with you no matter where you work in the NDIS system.
- Workers can choose the timing and topics of training
- All training would occur in public institutions (such as TAFEs) or selected registered non-profit organisations.
NDIS Code of Conduct - be prepared
Change is coming fast. From July 2018 a new Code of Conduct is in place for all workers and providers in the NDIS. This new Code of Conduct is going to set out obligations that all workers and providers in the NDIS will be required to follow. The Federal Government has also created a new organisation that will follow up complaints or suspected breaches of the Code and can issue a range of penalties (like fines up of up to $52,000, or banning workers from working in the disability sector).
ASU members need to know what the Code of Conduct means for you as workers, and for your clients. The Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners is providing tailored training to ASU members to prepare you for this major change. You can watch the training on-demand through ASU Career Launchpad.
Join the campaign!
We the ASU members working under the NDIS, demand the Federal Government acts to ensure:
IMPROVED NDIS PRICES that recognise:
- fair wages with regular pay increases,
- time for training and support from our supervisors,
- time for administration, travel and peer support,
- our penalty rates and leave entitlements,
- stable and predictable working hours that provide a living wage.
MEANINGFUL CAREERS through:
- a classification structure that properly values the work we do and provides meaningful careers,
- ongoing professional development for all workers.
QUALITY STANDARDS that recognise our skills and ensure safe and high-quality supports for NDIS clients in particular for high needs or mental health clients.
SECURE JOBS with stable and predictable working hours that provide us with a living wage and continuity of supports for NDIS clients.
- campaign to win these demands,
- lobby our politicians to agree to our demands,
- seek the involvement of our employers in our campaign,
- work with our clients and their carers to make the NDIS the best it can be.
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