State of the Disability Sector Report 2017 reflects sector under pressure.
The State of the Disability Sector Report for 2017 was released in Sydney today as part of NDS’s CEO Meeting. The report paints a picture of a sector under pressure.
The NDIS and new DES program are expanding competition and consumer choice. The shifting environment has increased uncertainty. Providers are finding it harder to recruit staff, the policy environment is in flux, and organisations lack the working capital to grow and change. The report also found that DES providers and Disability Enterprises need a boost in support.
Most of the findings in this year’s report are based on the 2017 Annual Market Survey, which saw 516 disability service providers share their experiences. The survey focuses on the 2016-17 financial year, and highlights the key concerns of the sector as well as what’s needed to ensure that disability service providers have the confidence and support to meet growing demand under the NDIS.
- NDIS prices that reflect realistic costs
- More NDIS plans with employment supports
- Securing the future of Disability Enterprises
- Boosting the capacity of DES providers to attract and support job seekers
- Making the National Disability Strategy more effective
- Increased investment in data analysis and research
- More investment in sector and workforce development
- An efficient IT portal and streamlined processes
- Choice for participants on NDIS planners with expertise and experience
- Resolution of NDIS design issues
- Increased flexibility and local decision-making in the NDIS
- Structured engagement between the NDIA and the sector through a partnership forum
SOURCE: “State of the Disability Sector Report 2017.” National Disability Services, 4 December 2017.
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