On Wednesday n a room full of ASU members The Australia Institute launched its report A Portable Training Entitlement System for the Disability Support Services Sector, authored by Drs Rose Ryan and Jim Stanford.
The Report was commissioned by our Union, coming out of last year's Disability Delegates Conference, when members came together to share their hopes for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and ideas on how we can make it the best it can be.
Delegates wanted access to ongoing training and recognition of the skills required to deliver the highest quality person-centred supports for people with disabilities.
That's where the idea for an NDIS portable training system came about.
The Report investigated a system where for every 50 hours of NDIS work, you accumulate 1 hour of paid training time. This would cover both the cost of the course fees and your paid time off to do the course.
The Report found that this training system would cost only 1c in every dollar of NDIS funding and would provide an average of three days’ training per year for NDIS workers.
This is a real solution to the training needs of the NDIS workforce which will mean the NDIS can reach its full potential.