The NDS Innovative Workforce Fund closing 27 March 2017

The $4 million Innovative Workforce Fund is now open nationally and will be accepting applications until Monday 27 March 2017.

The Fund is open to Australian organisations, businesses and individuals that have impactful project ideas to engage and develop the disability workforce to meet the needs of NDIS participants.

National Disability Services has been appointed to manage the Innovative Workforce Fund, which is an initiative of the Department of Social Services with an allocation from the Sector Development Fund.

Applicants to the Innovative Workforce Fund must address one or more of the following four priority areas:

  • Stream 1: Redesign support worker roles and test new work roles, including strategies to improve access to allied health-related supports in areas of thin supply such as shared workforce and allied health assistant models.
  • Stream 2: Streamlined administration practices such as human resources, recruitment and retention of staff, including work arrangements that demonstrate more effective workforce utilisation, supervision and support.
  • Stream 3: Role of technology in workforce practices.
  • Stream 4: Workforce development in rural and remote areas (including Indigenous workers) and strategies to build capacity to attract and develop the workforce in thin markets.

Applicants can apply for one of three project types, ranging from $30,000 to $200,000 per project, depending on the type.

The Fund will be distributed in two rounds in 2017 with final project reports completed by May 2018.

For more information (source) see >>> The Innovative Workforce Fund

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