The Strengthening the NDIS Workforce conference will unpack the key issues currently impacting on the NDIS workforce and strategies that organisations are utilising to recruit staff who share the right values and attitudes. It will also discuss how to overcome challenges with retention and unpack how reform including the Royal Commission will impact upon staff morale and engagement.
What will you take away from this conference?
- Feedback from customer experiences and how to align staff with customers
- Methods to promote a culture which meets staff needs for improved retention
- Tools to effectively manage quality staff during mergers and acquisitions
- Strategies to find the right staff through values-based recruitment
- Lessons learned on how to engage the workforce during a change
Who will attend? CEOs & Senior Executives from NDIS service providers with responsibilities for:
- Human Resources
- People & Culture
- Client Services
- Recruitment & Talent Acquisition
Benefits of attending:
Enhance customer-centricity & align customer needs with staff capability
Maintaining an engaged workforce during a period of change
Promote retention through staff engagement & positive workforce culture
Learn effective recruitment practices to find the right people
Hear featured case studies on how to prepare staff for a Royal Commission
Drew is a qualified social worker with postgraduate qualifications in management and governance. Drew has worked across a range of human service settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, including extensive experience in providing, supervising and directing services and interventions. Prior to taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Oak Possability Group in January 2016, Drew was Chief Operating Officer for four years, providing operational and strategic leadership during a time of considerable change and growth with the commencement of the
NDIS trial in 2013.
Drew became Chief Executive Officer of OAK Possability when the two organisations merged in July 2016 to become Tasmania’s largest disability services provider with a combined 90 years’ experience in the sector. Since then, Drew has successfully led Oak Possability’s expansion in to Victoria through developing new services and successfully participating in the transfer of residential services from the Victorian Government. Oak Possability now employs over 1600 staff across both states to work with clients to lead connected and independent lives.
Previously, Drew led Early Intervention Services at Relationships Australia, Tasmania with responsibility
for clinical governance and supervision. Drew has also held senior roles in the area of Health and Social
Public Policy, Aged Care Policy and regulation and was the State Manager for the Federal Department of
Health and Ageing during a significant period of health reform. Drew has also held various board
positions with community sector organisations and the Australian Institute of Public Administration,
Tasmania. He is currently the public officer of a small Tasmanian Association involved in the promotion
of men’s health issues and on the state committee of NDS.
A skilled People Executive, Simone has extensive experience across Human Resources, organisational change and staff engagement, in multiple sectors, including Finance, as Head of People at Sunsuper and telecommunications as Employee Engagement Manager at Vodafone. At Sunnyfield, Simone leads the People, Learning and Culture team, her first fore into the for-purpose sector. Passionate about transforming businesses to achieve sustainable success, Simone works on creating cultures that are both high performing and heart-centred.
Having experienced the impact of the Financial Services Royal Commission, Simone shares ideas on how to support the disability sector’s workforce through the Royal Commission.
Women with Disability, Victoria
Leah is a woman with a disability and a feminist who is highly respected for her strong track record as a disability rights advocate, working at state and national levels over the last decade. Leah’s strengths include collaborative leadership, governance, advocacy and policy, to which she applies a gender lens.
She is well respected in the industry for her integrity and her extensive networks and I believe will ably lead WDV into the next phase of our organisational growth. Leah is currently Chair of the National Disability and Carer Alliance, responsible for overseeing the Every Australian Counts campaign to gain national support for the NDIS.
She is also a member of the Independent Advisory Council of the NDIS. Leah comes to Women with Disabilities Victoria from her previous position as Manager, Youth Disability Advocacy Service and prior to this role Leah has held a number of positions in disability advocacy including as the CEO of Blind Citizens Australia and as Manager, NDIS Information Loop Project at Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).
Paula is an experienced Executive and Board Director, having developed an HR career over more than two decades. Paula’s professional practice as a passionate, strategic Human Resources expert has included organisational change and development, workforce culture management as well as refining process and practice elements in the safety, people and culture space.
As an accomplished, future oriented leader Paula demonstrates capability in transformational and strategic change. Paula has worked both in and out of the disability space, often responsible for large workforces across geographically dispersed regions.
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What People Are Saying
“The NDIS is expected to be one of the largest job creation opportunities in Australian history, with up to an additional 90,000 full time equivalent employees (FTE) needed over the next five years.”Growing the NDIS Market and Workforce Strategy 2019, Department of Human Services
Date: 24 Sep 2019 By: Criterion Content Team
Disability service providers face a unique set of challenges in engaging and retaining a quality workforce. While the sector struggles to keep pace with a rapidly growing market and competes with the aged care sector for talent, providers need to be particularly conscious of both acquiring the right talent and engaging their existing workforce. Here …
Date: 22 Mar 2019 By: Ash Natesh
According to the AFR, SDA is predicted to be a $5 billion industry backed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme. With the introduction of the SDA funding model, the desire to construct houses for individuals with a disability is plentiful, however, the challenges accompanied with that desire have proven to be as equally extensive. The …
Date: 21 Feb 2019 By: Ash Natesh
On 8 February 2019 the Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Families and Social Services, announced ‘immediate reforms’ to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) to improve choice and control for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and boost market confidence. Original Source from Summer Foundation, download full report below: https://www.summerfoundation.org.au/resources/summary-of-changes-to-specialist-disability-accommodation-framework/ These changes are across the following SDA …
Date: 5 Nov 2018 By: Ash Natesh
Disability groups are seeking clarity from the government around future funding for the NDIS schemes. National Disability Services CEO Chris Tanti said the sector needed more assurance about funding so it could plan for the growth needed for providers and participants under the scheme. “It’s not fair to people with disability, their families, carers and …
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