Supporting young people with disability to access NDIS employment support

28 September 2020

NDIS funds can be used to support students to transition to work, significantly improving their post school employment outcomes.

Did you know NDIS support can be accessed for school to work transition, and may be accessed much earlier than the final year of school? In fact, providers can support students that have an employment goal from around age 14.

The NDIS Price Guide 2020-21 outlines that transition and employment support can be ‘supplied to any working-age participant (including students reaching working age) with an employment goal'. This may include supports to:

  • explore what work would mean for them (discovery);

  • build essential foundation skills for work;

  • managing complex barriers to obtaining and sustaining employment;

  • specialised job customisation;

  • develop a career plan; and

  • other capacity-building supports that are likely to lead to successful engagement in a Disability Employment Service.

Research demonstrates that education and employment outcomes are significantly improved through exposure to real work experiences and career development opportunities at school. The NDS Ticket to Work ‘After School Jobs Project’ is an example of supporting students with disability into employment while at school.

Providers may like to encourage young people, their parents and carers to consider including Transition and Employment Support in their next NDIS plan review. Even before then, Community Participation funding can be used to help start the journey to employment, including for volunteering or work experience placements. To find out more Let’s talk about work or visit the Ticket to Work website for information about how this initiative can support students to gain an after-school job. There is also an Easy Read version here.

Information from the NDS website.