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Can You Work While on NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a governmental initiative designed to provide support to Australians with a significant and permanent disability. A question commonly posed by participants in the scheme is whether they can engage in employment while receiving NDIS benefits. Let’s delve into the finer details to clarify this inquiry for those who are part of the program or considering joining.

Understanding NDIS and Employment

The NDIS is fundamentally aimed at promoting the independence and social and economic participation of people with a disability. This includes providing the necessary supports to enable participants to pursue employment opportunities should they choose to do so.

The Role of NDIS in Supporting Employment

Participants in the NDIS can access a number of supports that may aid in their
pursuit of employment. These can include but are not limited to:

Capacity Building Supports: Training and skill development programs tailored to improve the participant’s ability to seek and maintain employment.

Workplace Assistance: Modifications to the workplace or the provision of specialised tools and equipment may be covered by the NDIS to enable a
participant to work effectively.

Transport Services: NDIS can cover transport-related costs for those who cannot use public transport due to their disability, assisting them to get to and from their place of employment.

It’s important to note that the NDIS does not provide the actual job placement service but rather facilitates the means by which a person with a disability can find employment.

Employment Services within the NDIS Framework

Various NDIS-funded services and supports can assist participants in their employment journey:

NDIS Employment Support Providers

Dedicated support providers work within the NDIS framework to guide participants through the process of finding and retaining a job, including those who offer school leaver employment supports and disability employment services.

School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

For younger NDIS participants, the School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) aim at smoothening the transition from school to employment, providing them with the skills and confidence required for the workplace.

Customised Employment

NDIS acknowledges that one-size-fits-all does not apply to job seekers with disabilities.

Customised Employment is an approach where the employment service works to tailor a job role to suit the abilities and interests of the participant, which can include creating new roles or self-employment options.

Financial Considerations

While earning an income through employment, NDIS participants must also consider how this income may affect their disability support payments. Though payments from NDIS are not means-tested, other government supports such as the Disability Support Pension (DSP) are influenced by income. It’s critical to stay informed about these implications and to report any changes in income to the relevant government bodies.

Kinder Caring, Your Trusted Partner

At Kinder Caring, we are committed to providing exceptional support to give you the confidence to explore your employment opportunities while on the NDIS. We understand the intricacies involved in balancing work and support needs, and we’re here to help empower you on this journey.

Moving Forward with Confidence

Our focused approach ensures you make the most of the NDIS while pursuing meaningful employment. Your aspirations for a satisfying career and an independent lifestyle are at the heart of what we do, as we champion you to break new ground and realise your professional goals.

The answer, in essence, is a resounding yes—you can work while on the NDIS. The scheme is designed to assist you in achieving gainful employment by providing necessary supports that cater to varied needs and ambitions. Whether you aspire to step into the workforce for the first time or you are aiming to re-enter the job market, the NDIS can provide you with the necessary foundation to move forward.

Embrace the opportunities that lie ahead with the NDIS as your springboard into the workforce. Kinder Caring is here to guide you each step of the way, ensuring that your path to employment is both attainable and rewarding.

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