Australia reforms disability services to foster inclusivity

Properly funded reforms and initiatives can provide greater choice and control to employees in Australia with disabilities.
By: | February 17, 2023

Australia’s National Disability Services (NDS) has proposed initiatives to increase recruitment, retention, and the capability of the country’s disability workforce. These include reforms to improve training and supervision for employees, and to ensure that all employees in risk assessed roles undergo the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening.

One of the key recommendations put forward by NDS is the need to embed Supported Decision Making throughout the sector and ensure that it is appropriately funded for those who require it. This would help to give people with disability greater choice and control over matters that affect them.

NDS also supports the need for more government funding to improve the availability of advocacy and self-advocacy development for people with disability. They believe that by increasing access to advocacy services, people with disability will be better able to access the support they need and make informed decisions about their lives.

Another recommendation made by NDS is the need for greater focus and increased funding for Positive Behaviour Support and practice leadership. These initiatives, according to NDS, can help create a more inclusive and supportive workplace environment or people with disability.

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The proposals were made as part of the Disability Royal Commission’s inquiry into the policies and practices of disability service providers. The inquiry aims to better understand the challenges faced by people with disability and identify solutions to improve the quality of services provided to them.