For NDIS participants who require higher than normal levels of support finding and/or keeping jobs, or transitioning between jobs, Specialised Supported Employment is available. As the name implies, adding this to your plan gives you greater employment assistance than is typically provided by employers, either alone or with the help of Disability Employment Services.
Securing employment is an essential step in becoming independent. In addition to earning money participants will pick up important life and social skills, meet new people, build confidence, assume heightened responsibility, and be exposed to more opportunities for future development.
Standard NDIS employment assistance consists of a range of supports including but not limited to:
- individual job support before and during employment
- job preparation and support in a group
- school leaver employment supports for individuals in their final year of school who are about to enter the workforce
- smoothing NDIS participants’ transition through school and to continued education
Specific supports may include one on one job counseling, help with writing a resume, interview preparation, and assistance with transport if needed.
The NDIS has made recent changes designed to improve support models for people with disabilities seeking to find or maintain employment. For example, the type and level of employment support is now determined by participants’ individual needs, whereas it used to be determined by the nature of the workplace.
With this change, participants have the ability to purchase tailored on-site supports at the intensity and frequency that they require. The supports are available to participants regardless of where they work, from micro businesses to social enterprises to self-employment, so that they can achieve their employment goals.