Pathways to employment

Improving the economic outcomes of NDIS participants is an important part of the NDIA’s purpose. For high school students with a disability, finding and keeping a job continues to be a major focus of supports under the Scheme.

To support their transition into employment once they have completed studies, the Agency has released a number of new supports under the School Leaver Employment Supports () initiative. offers participants individualised support for up to two years after finishing Year 12 to help them prepare for work and plan their pathway to employment.

Following successful trials in the and Tasmania in 2015, the initiative is being progressively introduced in other states and territories in line with the approved NDIS phasing arrangements. Between July 2016 and June 2017, became available to Year 12 school leavers in Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Queensland and the Northern Territory will begin their transition in 2018.

More than 930 participants have school-leaver supports included in their plan. This number is expected to expand to more than 2,400 participants each year Australia-wide by 2019.

Regional employment champions play an important role in building and developing the understanding of employment outcomes for students transitioning to employment. A one-day training and development workshop was held in April 2017 to help build regional capacity.

“When I get my pay cheque, I feel good, happy and excited. Just buy new clothes, buy a car and eventually, buy a house.”

– Tasmanian NDIS participant, Kaitlyn Wilson. Kaitlyn was placed in employment through the .