The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme to support people aged 0 to 65 years with permanent and significant disability. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.
The NDIS supports people with disability to build skills and capability so they can participate in the community, which includes gaining employment.
The NDIS helps people with disability to access mainstream services and supports, access community services and supports, maintain informal support arrangements, and receive reasonable and necessary funded supports.
Employment supports funded by the NDIS
The NDIS will fund supports to assist participants with employment when this cannot be met by employment services and/or employers. This includes personal care support, transport, equipment or aids, funding for supported employment (such as Australian Disability Enterprises) and support to look for a job (usually when a person is ineligible for Disability Employment Services or jobactive).
In order to receive employment support through the NDIS a participant would need approval for funding under the support category ‘finding and keeping a job’. Those participants in Year 12 may be eligible for the School Leaver Employment Supports, which provides support for two years in the transition from school into employment.
It is important that participants speak with their Local Area Coordinator or Planner about including employment supports in their NDIS plan.
What supports are the responsibility of employers?
Employers have a legal responsibility to make reasonable adjustments for a person with disability so that they can perform the duties of their job. Reasonable adjustments could include employment specific aids or equipment, modifying the physical environment or transport for work activities.
JobAccess provides information and support to people with disability in the workplace. For more information go to https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/
For information on your rights in the workplace go to the Australian Human Rights Commission website: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/know-your-rights-disability-discrimination
What supports are the responsibility of employment services?
Employment services, such as Disability Employment Services (DES) and jobactive, are responsible for assisting participants to build skills to participate in work and to assist them to maintain employment, including on-going support where required.
To find a DES or jobactive provider go to: https://jobsearch.gov.au/serviceproviders
Where can I get more information?
NDIS fact sheet: Supports the NDIS will fund in relation to employment
Information on employment, higher education and vocational education and training from the NDIS Operational Guidelines: https://www.ndis.gov.au/Operational-Guideline/including-6
School Leaver Employment Supports: https://www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/sles
Australian Disability Enterprises – Transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme: https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers-programmes-services-for-people-with-disability/australian-disability-enterprises-transition-to-the-national-disability-insurance-scheme
Information from JobAccess about employment supports: https://www.jobaccess.gov.au/people-with-disability/free-support-find-or-keep-job
For any other information on the NDIS go to the website https://www.ndis.gov.au or phone 1800 800 110