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28 October 2020

NDIS employment supports: All you need to know.

Do you have an employment-related goal in your NDIS Plan? Almost a third of NDIS participants of working age have some type of work-related goal in their plan.

Being employed can build self-confidence, increase independence and give you a sense of purpose.

NDIS participants now have access to a range of new employment supports, designed to offer more choice about where you work and support to help you achieve your career goals.

Today we take a look at the different types of NDIS funded employment supports available to help you on your path to employment.

NDIS funded supports.

NDIS employment supports expanded on 1 July 2020, making “reasonable and necessary” supports accessible to participants in a wider range of workplaces, including private and government employers, social enterprises, micro-businesses, self-employment or an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE).

As part of the NDIA commitment to support more people with a disability to achieve their career goals, supports now cover the entire employment journey including:

  • Identifying and developing career pathways

  • Transition to work supports such as developing your skills

  • Supports that can help you get a job and keep a job

  • Employment related assessments and counselling such as career planning

  • On the job support to work in the job / company of your choice, not just traditional supported employment.

Keep in mind that the NDIS does not duplicate or replace the other mainstream services, so if you are getting supports from another organisation, the NDIS won’t generally fund the same supports.

Types of NDIS employment supports.

1. Workplace assistance.

Workplace assistance is a broad support within the Capacity Building budget category that is all about building an employment or career pathway and getting the support you need to fulfil your career goals. It may be used in an open employment setting or with an Australian Disability Enterprise by any working age participant who has an employment-related goal.

It may include:

  • Support to discover what work would mean for you

  • Building foundational skills

  • Managing complex barriers to employment

  • Specialised job customisation

  • Developing a career plan

  • Transitioning from an Australian Disability Enterprise into open employment.

Top tip: Workplace assistance cannot be used to fund courses that are offered through the vocational education system.

2. Supports in employment – Specialised supported employment.

These new supports are provided by the NDIS Core budget category and are designed for participants who are employed and who are less independent in performing their work tasks. Or they may need additional coaching to be able to operate in the workplace such as help to stay focused, assistance with communication or support with managing behaviour.

Supports may be provided individually or in groups and include:

  • On the job assessments related to the impact of your disability on your ability to work

  • Job customisation

  • On the job training

  • Support with work tasks

  • Physical assistance and personal care at work

  • Supports to manage disability related behaviour or complex needs.

This funding can be used in any work environment including government and non-government organisations, an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE), social enterprises or self-employment.

3. School leaver employment supports (SLES).

Supports students to transition from school to work during the final months of school until they are settled in a job. These Capacity Building supports are tailored to individual needs. They may include work experience opportunities, skill development, developing an understanding of work capabilities and building the confidence to step into employment.

4. Employment related assessment and counselling.

Capacity Building budget that provides workplace assessment or counselling to assist participants to successfully engage in employment. For example, participants who need employment related counselling or significant support after a traumatic injury or a worsening of their impairment.

For more information, check out the following resources:

Supports in employment

Disability employment services

Leaving school

NDIS and employment

Want to know more?

If you have an employment-related goal but you’re unsure about what NDIS employment supports can help, have a chat with the Leap in! Crew. Call us on 1300 05 78 78, email us at or chat with us online on our website.