A new $4m fund has been launched to support NDIS providers that innovate in key areas of work design and workforce arrangements.
The Innovative Workforce Fund (IWF) will be run by National Disability Services (NDS) with the aim of identifying successful projects and sharing best practices throughout the sector.
Grants under the fund will fall into four streams:
- Redesign support worker roles and test new work roles
- Streamlined practices in areas such as human resources, recruitment and retention of staff and work arrangements
- Use of technology in workforce practices
- Workforce development in rural and remote areas (including Indigenous workers)
Strategies to build capacity to attract and develop the workforce in thin markets and in allied health have been named as a priority.
Supporting the workforce through NDIS transition
Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said the fund will be a key component in supporting the disability sector as it transitions to the full scheme.
“As providers organise and deploy their workers in new ways, this IWF will equip them with good practice and bright ideas that have been proven to work in other industries. With the disability support workforce expected to substantially increase by full scheme in 2020, supporting an efficient and innovative workforce that can meet the needs of NDIS participants will be key to the scheme’s success.”
Further information on applications and eligibility will be made available in the coming weeks, but NDS national manager of workforce development, Caroline Alcorso told Pro Bono Australia that they will be seeking out projects that will benefit the sector as a whole.
“We want to see strong projects that everyone understands, can learn from and hopefully replicate or adapt themselves.”
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