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Victorian Regional Readiness Fund

We provided $1.3 million in grants to support rural and regional organisations to develop local responses to NDIS workforce challenges.

Victoria's rural and regional communities face unique workforce and system challenges as they transition to the NDIS. These challenges include:

  • recruiting enough appropriately qualified and trained staff
  • managing workers and services across smaller populations and wider geographic areas
  • providing staff supervision
  • providing access to professional development opportunities

Through our Victorian Regional Readiness Fund (VRRF), organisations will develop and test innovative and place-based responses to these challenges. The funding will assist the growth of the NDIS workforce across Victoria to better support workers deliver high-quality services to people with disability and their families.

The VRRF complements the work of National Disability Services' Disability Workforce Innovation Connectors in rural and regional Victoria.

Current projects

The following 12 organisations received VRRF funding to build the capacity and capability of the NDIS workforce:

AMES Australia: Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) workforce ready program

Identification and engagement of CALD community members in Gippsland area to train and work within the disability care sector.

Australian Primary Mental Health Care Alliance Ltd: Regional recovery hub for people with psychosocial disability

Establishment of a mental health recovery hub to provide multidisciplinary team-based care comprising mental health, allied health and general practice services for people with psychosocial disability.

Connect GV: Workforce connect

Development of a transferable model of practice, which promotes workforce sustainability and builds professional capacity.

Gateway Health: Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder - Training and development of a Community of Practice for allied health professionals

Provision of autism spectrum disorder (adult population) specific training for allied health professionals in north east Victoria.

Gippsland Aboriginal Advocacy Support Services: Aboriginal employment pathways project

Development of a collaborative approach to provide Aboriginal specific education, training and skills pathways for Aboriginal people to enter the disability workforce.

Mind Australia: Telephone based services for regional customers

Development of organisational capacity to introduce fee for service telephone-based services.

Mpower: Use of trained allied health assistants to build workforce capacity in rural and regional communities

Development of a pilot program in which two existing staff members (one each for early childhood and disability support) and a post-secondary trainee will have the opportunity to learn skills on the job while being supported to undertake Certificate 3 or 4 in disability.

Pinarc Disability Support: Pinarc tele-supports

Development, implementation and evaluation of a shared tele-therapy service delivery model.

Providing All Living Supports: Inclusion team and allied health collaboration

Creation of a new approach and operating system for development and delivery of a self-managing team of support workers and improve access to allied health practitioners.

South West Disability Network: Workforce enhancement strategy

Development of diverse and sustainable training pathways to the disability sector.

Summer Foundation Limited: UpSkill - Building the capacity of the NDIS workforce in regional Victoria to assist NDIS participants with complex disability support needs

Co-delivery of targeted workshops to UpSkill the NDIS workforce in: cultural competence, working with people with complex needs, NDIS and housing and running a sustainable Support Coordination business.

Yooralla: Positive behaviour support - building best practice capability and capacity amongst local multidisciplinary health professionals in the Ovens Murray region

Upskilling of at least 10 local multidisciplinary health professionals in positive behaviour support, building workforce capability and capacity.

Reviewed 02 December 2019

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