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Understanding workforce needs

Priority 1 of Victoria’s workforce plan for the NDIS.

The NDIS is reshaping the nature of work in the disability sector.

While some of the effects the NDIS will have on the workforce can be predicted, a strong evidence base is required to understand how the sector will change over time.

For example, who works in disability and is this changing? How is the shift to consumer-directed service delivery affecting patterns of work and employment conditions? Is our training system meeting the needs of the sector and students?

A lot of information already exists but a more systematic approach is needed. Victorian Government investment will provide for a comprehensive data strategy for the NDIS workforce that will inform policy and workforce planning during transition to the NDIS and into the future.

This includes data on workforce supply and demand, demographics, trends in attraction, retention and employment arrangements, and education and training outcomes, as well as qualitative research to understand the experience of workers during the transition.

The Victorian Government will also work with the disability sector to map training and skill needs across the workforce, and to articulate the core competencies, formal training and qualification requirements and ongoing professional development needs in the evolving NDIS context.

Objective:

To strengthen understanding of the disability workforce, and its training and skills needs.

Actions:

  • Collect, collate and analyse data on workforce supply and demand, demographics, trends in attraction, retention and employment arrangements, education and training outcomes and workers' experiences throughout transition to the NDIS.
  • Develop a competency map informed by evidence and stakeholders which outlines workers' training and skills, core competencies and professional development needs for roles within the NDIS context.

Reviewed 03 March 2021

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