The complete workforce plan
Keeping our sector strong: Victoria's workforce plan for the NDIS
Our plan is giving disability services staff the knowledge and skills they need to:
- thrive under the NDIS
- improve job satisfaction
- create new, stronger career pathways within the sector
- increase allied health workforce capacity and sustainability
- help mainstream and community services to support better outcomes for people with disability
The workforce plan is delivering 16 projects that contribute to 4 objectives:
Our projects are organised under 9 priorities.
Priority 1: Understanding workforce needs
NDIS Workforce Data Strategy
We're using data to build a comprehensive picture of the Victorian disability workforce and how it's changing over time.
Longitudinal Workforce Research Project
We're surveying the Victorian disability workforce to understand their experience of transition to the NDIS and support them better.
We want to hear from as many Victorian disability workers about their experience working in the NDIS. Let the Victorian Government know what matters most to you about your work.
NDIS workforce longitudinal research study
We undertook a study of the Victorian disability workforce to understand their experience of transition to the NDIS and to support them better.
Priority 2: Supporting regions to be NDIS-ready
NDIS Regional Readiness Fund
Disability Workforce Connectors will work with rural and regional communities to:
- build local networks
- identify local priorities
- co-design initiatives
We've also provided $1.3m of grants to support these initiatives.
Victorian Regional Readiness Fund
The Victorian Government provided $1.3 million in grants to support regional organisations to develop local responses to NDIS workforce challenges.
Priority 3: Supporting staff through transition
NDIS Learning and Development Program
We're helping disability services staff to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive under the NDIS. We've developed:
- a capability self-assessment tool
- a learning and development program
- an online workforce readiness portal
Priority 4: Targeting quality training
We worked with stakeholders in 2017 and 2018, to review the:
- CHC Community Services Training Package
- HLT Health Training Package
To make these courses more relevant to the new demands of the NDIS, we've:
- created an Introduction to the NDIS course for people interested in a career in disability
- provided feedback to the national training package review ()
- developed new modules to improve Victorian disability courses
Professional development for VET trainers and assessors
In 2017-18, we researched the needs of training providers who prepare students to work in the NDIS context.
To help these trainers and assessors we're delivering:
- information sessions
- communities of practice
Innovative approaches to work placements
In partnership with disability service providers and training organisations, we are:
- developing a best practice framework, tools and resources to ensure students have the right values and personal attributes to work in the disability sector
- evaluating the usefulness of to coordinate work placements in a disability context
- piloting a student placement program across 21 disability service organisations, including in-home care experience
- delivering a program to improve the supervision skills of disability service organisations
Priority 5: Achieving excellence in research and education
Future Social Services Institute
- research emerging trends and opportunities
- assist not-for-profits to reorient to the NDIS environment
Our partnership supports career entrants, the existing disability workforce and research candidates.
Key achievements of FSSI include:
- PhD scholarships for the Work of Social Care research program
- scholarships targeted young people, CALD groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (for Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate IV in Disability)
- new curricula to address gaps in the training of social service workers (funded by the )
Priority 6: Promoting best practice support
Promoting collaborative practice across service systems
The workforce plan includes 4 projects that support the NDIS and mainstream service systems to work together:
- children, youth and families
- mental health
These projects support people with complex needs who are often most vulnerable.
Working together with mainstream services
The Victorian Government has delivered projects to support the NDIS and mainstream services to work together.
Promoting best practice behaviour support
The aim of this project is to reduce the use of restrictive practices and promote positive behaviour support.
We're working with disability service providers to:
- implement the
- drive practice and cultural change needed to promote positive behaviour support
- test the impact of these changes to provide an evidence base for the wider adoption of better practice across the state and nationally.
This project is being implemented in partnership between RMIT, National Disability Services (NDS) and the Victorian Government. It's due for completion in September 2019.
Priority 7: Building allied health capacity
Promoting greater use of the assistant workforce
We are building the capacity of the allied health system to meet community need by:
- supporting greater use of the allied health assistant (AHA) workforce
- using more disability support workers to provide health supports to participants.
Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs
We are building the capability of allied health professionals to provide high-quality, person-centred supports that promote choice and control for people with disability and complex support needs.
- help clinicians understand their professional strengths and areas of growth
- support the development of career goals
- assist employers to develop workforce plans
- demonstrate adherence to the NDIS practice standards.
Priority 8: Promoting the sector
Careers in the disability sector
We are funding job fairs, workshops and career expos to promote careers in disability.
Here's a video featuring Jack, a disability support worker, talking about his rewarding career.
Promoting and engaging the sector
In response to what you told us in the longitudinal study, we are improving the way we communicate via:
- an improved workforce website
- more resources for our workforce
- social media campaigns
- stories showcasing workforce achievements and roles
Priority 9: Measuring our progress
Over 3 years, an independent consultant is evaluating our workforce plan to:
- understand its impact
- check whether it's meeting the intended objectives
- help us make improvements as we go
Keeping our sector strong: Victoria’s workforce plan for the NDIS
Victoria's $26 million investment in disability workforce development, training and skills initiatives.
Reviewed 01 April 2021