National Disability Insurance Scheme Employment Assistance2021-02-16T21:59:43+00:00

National Disability Insurance Scheme Employment Assistance

The NDIS funds a range of supports for employment for eligible participants.  Graduating students with complex support needs are encouraged to check for eligibility with the NDIS.

To see if you are eligible:

or call 1800 800 110 and request an Access Request Form.

Local Area Coordinator (LAC)

The LAC Services role is to assist people with disability, their families and carers to build and pursue their goals for a good life, exercise choice and control and engage with the Scheme.

School Leavers Employment Supports (SLES)

SLES offers those who are NDIS eligible support for up to 2 years after finishing year 12 to help get ready for work and plan pathways to employment. SLES supports are be tailored to meet individual employment goals. This may include:

  • Work experience in open employment
  • Job skills training
  • Travel training

The NDIA works with Education to support students with disability to make a smooth transition into SLES or other employment supports.

SLES and other service systems

The NDIS will be responsible for funding supports that assist people with disability prepare for, and take part in work where the person has work capacity but needs some more support before receiving ongoing employment support through existing systems.

Employment services and programs, including both disability-targeted and open employment services, will continue to be responsible for providing advice and support to:

  • People with disability to prepare for, find and maintain jobs;
  • Encourage employers to hire and be inclusive of people with disability in the workplace (e.g. support, training and resources, funding assistance to help employers make reasonable adjustments, and incentives for hiring people with disability , such as wage subsidies).

Australian Disability Enterprises

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are part of a continuum of employment opportunities for people with disability and act as a link, helping them gain training and experience to confidently step into open employment or to continue in supported employment if they choose.

ADEs support people with moderate to severe disability to engage in a wide variety of work tasks such as packaging, assembly, production, recycling, screen printing, plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping, cleaning services, laundry services and food services.

ADEs offer similar working conditions as other employers and an opportunity for people with a disability to contribute and connect to their local community.

Funding of ADEs is gradually transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS supports people with permanent and significant disability to have more choice and control. The NDIS will deliver a new system of individually tailored support for people with disability based on need, where funding goes to the individual.

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