There are lots of ways the NDIS can help you to plan for employment. Sometimes it can be just providing information about services available in the community, like Disability Employment Services (DES) or volunteering opportunities.
If you need a lot of help to understand what sort of work you might be good at, or if you are feeling unsure about whether you can work or not, the NDIS may be able to fund some supports and services to build on your skills as a first step.
Other NDIS funding can be used to set you on the employment pathway.
For example, if you have community participation funding, think about choosing a provider who offers vocational activities - a provider who can give you opportunities to build skills important for employment, like catching public transport, meeting new people or learning how to manage your money.
If one of your goals is to get a job, there are many ways that you can do this.
"There are a lot of employment options depending on your needs and personal goals," an NDIA spokesperson said. "Even if you can only work a few hours a week, supports are available to achieve this.
"Some of the employment options include: NDIS funding, including School Leaver Employment Supports and support to work in Australian Disability Enterprises and social enterprises.
"We will also talk about how the NDIS can help you with your employment goals."
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Disability Employment Services
DES is the main employment service for people with a disability looking for work. A DES provider can help you prepare for work and support you in the workplace for as long as it is required.
For advice on finding and keeping a job, working with DES providers, writing resumes and much, much more.
They can assist you to get ready for work by helping with a resume, interview skills and work experience and can also make direct contact with employers about suitable jobs.
See jobaccess.gov.au for more details.
Some participants may not meet the eligibility criteria for a Disability Employment Service and may need more or different support over a longer period of time.
Talk to your local area coordinator, NDIS planner or support coordinator about your employment goals so that your supports can be tailored to your individual needs.
School Leaver Employment Supports also known as SLES, is funding for people leaving school that can be used to help you build your skills and confidence in areas where you need help.
It may be funded in your plan for up to two years.
You can find more detailed information and case studies about SLES on the NDIS website.
Australian Disability Enterprises and social enterprises.
Australian Disability Enterprises also known as ADE's are one of a range of employment opportunities for people with moderate to high support needs.
Some participants will have employment support needs that mean they need a bit more help on the job to be able to fully participate in work.
This is sometimes called supported employment and is typically available in ADE's.
There are work booklets available about
- Let's talk about work booklet (2)
- Let's talk about work booklet Easy English
Please see the NDIS website at ndis.gov.au for more information.