The Department of Social Services (DSS) has recently released their discussion paper: Ensuring a strong future for supported employment.
The paper asks people with disability, their family and carers and anyone in the disability and employment sectors to have their say on supported employment.
As Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice, said:
‘the government wanted to hear from people with disability and the sector more broadly to inform a future supported employment policy. It is critical we hear from those working in and running ADEs.’
The purpose of this discussion paper is to describe the future landscape for supported employment and asks how the sector can position itself to transition to the full scheme of the NDIS. It intends to continue a conversation with supported employees, their families and carers, services providers and advocates about how the Government can support people with disability to work and invites input on the following areas:
- principles to guide the Government’s future policy direction for supported employment
- strategies to support employment participation for people with disability
- strategies to support employers and service providers to provide effective employment opportunities
- strategies to facilitate greater choice and control for NDIS participants.
After filling out the relevant sections, submissions are to be uploaded online (please click here for link) by 9 March 2018. The Department of Social Services (DSS) will treat all submissions as non-confidential, unless clearly indicated. Please keep your responses succinct where possible. You may choose to respond to all or a selection of the questions within this paper.