Supporting you to get a job you love
Finding a job you love is an important part of your self-development and a big step on your journey to becoming more independent.
Not only does having a job mean you’ll be earning your own money that you can spend how you like but it also means you are learning new skills, meeting new people and becoming a valued member of society.
If you have NDIS support for supported employment in your plan, referred to as Finding and Keeping a Job (Supported Employment) then you should be able to access this support.
NDIS supported employment is defined as a higher level of on-the-job supports that eligible participants can access to pursue their employment goals. This is a great option for those who need an extra helping hand over what is available within a traditional workplace.
Want to know more about NDIS supported employment and what NDIS support is available to help you access it? We cover the things you need to know.
What are the benefits of supported employment?
Working in a supported employment job means you will be learning real-life employment skills. These skills are an important step in working towards your long-term goals and help you to maintain or even find new employment in the future.
Some organisations offer supported employment opportunities for people with disability and they are often in a wide range of industries such as production, administration, food services and more, offering you plenty of chances to find something you enjoy.
Employers of both supported employment and open employment (jobs that can be done by someone either with or without disability) jobs look favourably at people with prior workplace experience and having relevant skills gives you an advantage.
Supported employment is also paid work. You are paid from day one and your pay is supplemented by your disability support pension (DSP). This means that as a supported employee, you will often still receive the DSP.
Working for your own money is extremely rewarding and means you have money to spend on things that you enjoy like hobbies and activities.
In a supported employment workplace you are also likely to meet likeminded people such as other supported employees and colleagues who share your passions and skillset. Building these professional connections is an important part of gaining workplace experience.
As your skills and experience grow, you’ll also become more confident and independent which can help you to work towards requiring less support while at work.
How can I access supported employment?
Accessing supported employment can happen in a number of different ways. There is no right or wrong way, the best decision is whatever works best for you.
You can directly reach out to organisations who offer supported employment to enquire about what positions are available and submit an expression of interest. The best way to do this is by researching applicable organisations in your area. Visit the Australian Government’s Job Access website for resources.
If you have funding for NDIS support coordination in your plan, they can connect you with a Support Worker in your area. An NDIS Support Workers’ job is to help you succeed in your chosen supported employment workplace.
At Disability Plan Services, our local NDIS Support Coordinators work with you to make the most out of your NDIS plan. If you have funding for supported employment in your current plan, we can assist you to find a meaningful job that you enjoy.
If you’re interested in obtaining workplace experience as a supported employee but don’t currently have funding allocated within your plan, the team at Disability Plan Services can help to identify whether you are eligible and request for your plan to be amended.
We’re focused on improving the quality of life of people with disabilities because we believe everyone has the right to receive the support they need.
We’re an experienced team of NDIS Plan Managers and Support Coordinators who share a people-first focus. We’re passionate about helping our local community and are always committed to ensuring your safety and security are the number one priority.
We dream of a community where everyone has equal opportunities, choice and control over the disability support and services they receive.
By listening to what you want, asking the right questions and taking the time to understand you, we can help you to achieve your goals and the life you deserve.
Get in touch with us today and start achieving your goals.