ACT Workforce Impact Collective

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Background

Ensuring that people with disability have access to enough disability workers with the needed values, capabilities and skills to meet their support needs, has been identified as one of the main challenges for the success of the NDIS.

The disability workforce is a complex system of multiple cross sector stakeholders in which the actions of any one shapes the responses and actions of all the others. Therefore, no single policy, government department, organisation or program can tackle this challenge alone. It requires all individuals to work together, and collectively take responsibility to find solutions.

Approach

The Workforce Impact Collective (WIC) initiative is using a Collective Impact Approach. This brings together and supports individuals and organisations with diverse perspectives, insights and ideas to collectively develop a shared vision and agenda for action; to trial innovative workplace and worker system reforms and share the learning.

To explore and design the best ways to build, retain and sustain the disability support workforce, the combined knowledge, experience and coordinated effort of many kinds of people and organisations. 

The ACT Government (funded by the Commonwealth NDIS Sector Development Fund) has tasked National Disability Services (NDS) to facilitate this process. The Workforce Impact Collective will be responsible for setting the common agenda, designing practical solutions and budget allocation in this initiative (within a set budget). 

From now until April 2019 the Workforce Impact Collective will work together to:

  1. Understand the landscape and the existing activities already underway.
  2. Work together to establish a common agenda and shared measurement.
  3. A coordinated approach to build on existing efforts, honour current efforts and engage established organisations/groups/initiatives that align with the aim of this initiative.

 

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