Welcome to another action-packed edition of WorkAbility E-News; helping to build tomorrow’s NDIS Workforce.  

This February we are launching several new WorkAbility initiatives, including TAE training for Deaf Participants, development of a new quality and safety online learning resource, and also invite you to attend the Workability Forum. 
Read on for more!

WorkAbility represents Industry at QPC Inquiry 

WorkAbility Qld joined NDIS providers, participants and other stakeholders by making a submission in response to the Queensland Productivity Commission’s 2020 draft report; The NDIS Market in Queensland.

Belinda Drew and Matthew Gillett from CSIA attended the public hearings in early February where they shared Industry insights to the NDIS on behalf of the Consortium. The QPC has undertaken a public inquiry to review the performance of the NDIS market in order to make recommendations to improve its effectiveness and efficiency across Queensland. 

Growing Auslan Trainers 

Up to 32 Deaf participants will undergo a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as part of an exciting new initiative launched by Workability in February.


Training aims to increase the workforce of Disability and Auslan trainers available to deliver the Auslan qualifications across Queensland. Deaf Services is leading project delivery with training delivered by MRWED Training and Assessment.

Jodi Shmidt, CEO of Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) will guest present at the WorkAbility Forum on Thursday 18 March. 

Talking Change at the WorkAbility Forum 

Join us for the WorkAbility Forum on Thursday 18 March where CEO of Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) Jodi Shmidt will be talking change in the human services skills sector. 

Jodi previously served as the Deputy Director-General, Training and Employment with the Queensland government, and was the inaugural chief executive officer of TAFE Queensland, leading the reform and amalgamation of TAFE institutes in Queensland.

The Forum invites leaders to a briefing of the HSSO and an overview if its first workplan. A briefing will also be provided on  Workability project initiatives including the NTSSS, NDIS Workforce Research Project and two Micro Credentialing Pilots currently taking place. 

New Quality & Safety Resource in Development

An online Compliance Learning Program is being developed as a new Industry resource to build greater NDIS provider capability in promoting quality, safety and participant choice

Workability commenced this project in February, in partnership with Projects for Purpose, to help tackle NDIS emerging workforce development priorities.

The non-accredited learning program will be Industry co-designed and aims to improve future compliance with the NDIS Quality and Safety Framework.

USC leads Second Phase of Research Project 
WorkAbility Qld is partnering with The University of Sunshine Coast (USC) for the second phase of the NDIS Workforce Research Project which commenced earlier this year. 

Professor Denise Woods (pictured right) met with General Manager Programs Matthew Gillett (centre) and NTSSS Project Manager Mandy Strathearn (left) to kick start the program of research activities which will continue through 2022. 


Be Part of a New Sector Micro Credential 
Are you an NDIS Provider or providing NDIS type supports?
Tell Us About Your Induction!

WorkAbility Qld is looking for organisations to take part in a survey now and help contribute to the development of a pilot project - new Common Induction for NDIS Workers Micro-Credential.

Your responses will help identify the most common elements that your organisation considers essential in the induction training of new workers across the NDIS Industry, to inform the content delivered in the micro-credential.
Read more about the survey here.

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