NDS State of the Sector report released
The State of the Disability Sector Report 2018, released by National Disability Services (NDS), found that while disability service providers remain committed to the NDIS, the majority (73 per cent) believe its systems and processes need urgent improvement.
The report encompasses the responses of 626 providers spanning very small to large enterprises across service types, including both not-for-profit and for-profit providers.
Topping the difficulty ranking for both recruitment and retention were specialist positions, with psychologists considered extremely or moderately difficult to recruit and retain.
Competent disability support workers were considered extremely or moderately difficult to recruit for 63% of respondents. However almost two-fifths of respondents described recruitment as ‘not hard’ or ‘easy’. Specific skills shortfalls appear to be driving these trends.
Higher percentage represents higher difficulty
Insufficient time to induct, train and develop people in remote, rural and regional areas, was an area of particular concern identified in the report, as well as difficulties around patterns of reactive recruitment based on specific client matching, and bridging the differing skill sets in a burgeoning workforce.