During the creation of a submission to the Australian Senate I have been reminded of some of the aims and objectives the Disability Services Act.
Specifically that Disability Employment Services should “assist persons with disabilities to achieve positive outcomes, such as increased independence, employment opportunities and integration in the community'.
How best to achieve these aims?
Through the provision of full time, award wage work in community based settings - real jobs like yours (if you are so engaged) and mine. It is in full time employment that the maximum possibility to become independent and enjoy the things other workers enjoy occurs.
So why would you encourage less? Why would you reward small, part time and casual positions that don't reduce dependency? Why would you ignore the break up of full time employment into portions that do neither encourage independence or participation?
Beats me - but that is what the present system for measuring success in disability employment services does (and I have been writing about this now for more than 6 years.
It was 6 years ago that the then new funding body unveiled its methodology (the comprehensible bit) for assessing performance.
I have documented my question from that meeting: ' surely this system encourages service providers to break full time work into part time since 2 part time jobs appear to beat 1 full time? Why wouldn't service providers turn full time jobs into even smaller (the benchmark was and is as low as 8 hours employment a week) 'outcomes' in order to gain income and improve their apparent performance?.
The reply was classic: " I think we can rely upon the integrity of service providers"
The whole thing has now been placed before a Senate review committee and I know that you should never hold an inquiry where you aren't assured of the outcome but nevertheless, perhaps we can see a return to measuring the achievements of programs like NOVA against the Disability Service Standards and the 1986 Disability Services Act rather than the present and highly distorted "Stars"
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Your Comments James from Sydney wrote on 7 Sep 2011 4:48:59 PM The problem is we have a government that is disinterested in genuinely looking after people with disability and doesn't care to ask what we might want.
Jsmall from Linden wrote on 8 Sep 2011 4:12:22 PM The people that manage this system should be held responsible for devaluing the ones they are supposed to care for. The department of employment should not subsidise business and especially should not do so by giving vulnerable people the impression that they are worthless. If a person can do the job then they should be paid by their employer. If the person cannot do the job then they need to be found more suitable work.
Deon from Wallsend wrote on 11 Sep 2011 11:37:43 AM Meaningful work measn getting enough to pay my bills. I don't want to work in a sheltered workshop I want a real job for as much as I am worth
Review Australia's $1bn disability employment service criticised over poor outcomes and reduced employment - https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/31/australias-disability-employment-down-3-in-past-decade-as-service-scheme-criticised-for-poor-outcomes....
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International Day of People with a Disability
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Countdown Clock II
What's the countdown clock all about?
It's our closing time and a countdown to the end of a truly remarkable month of extraordinary effort by my staff....
Countdown Clock Regular viewers will have noticed a countdown clock ticking away (above)
What's that all about?
Can't say - you have to wait till 4.30pm (a little earlier for staff)
Just the best 3 One thing we all love is a winner which is why there's a smile on my face it will be pretty hard to shift.
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More than Money!
If asked, most of us would say we went to work for the money, to pay our bills or support our family.
All true, and yet work means so much more:
Prior to finding a job with NOVA employment Glenn* struggled to keep jobs for more than a few months and was generally working as a dishwasher in restaurants which he found to be quite unsatisfying work....
Life Changers II
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Life Changers Required! Received yesterday:
I was unemployed for 24 years because of my disability. I was looking for a job for the last 2 and half years. With the help of (NOVA Staff) I found suitable job and working in the law company for last one year....
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Best Ever II
Following from last post:
NOVA Employment has operated for 30 years. Comparing all results from previous years, February 2020 has been our most successful to date - Following on from January that's 2 in a row and every indication March will also be a record breaker....
NOVA Employment posted another 'best ever' result for the first month of 2020.
Despite the most dreadful natural disasters and with many businesses closed for the holidays, the NOVA team delivered more new workers than in any previous January results, beating past 5 years average by 25% and previous (2017) 'best ever' numbers by 5%....
Depressing cracked record!
A good friend will occasionally pull me up with the reminder that I have a tendency to rant, 'rave on slop jaw' if I remember correctly....
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BEST ORIGINAL PODCAST - BRANDED
Focus On Ability; Nova Employment & the Nova Entertainment Podcast Team , NOVA Entertainment
BEST ORIGINAL PODCAST - UNBRANDED
Hamish & Andy; Hamish Blake & Andy Lee, PodcastOne Australi
Taken from the web: https://www....
Received the following yesterday morning:
Hi Nova, just wanted to give my feedback in regards to my mother getting a job through you guys and the amazing impact it has had!! The job that mum has received has changed her outlook on everything! She is now much more confident in her self and her abilities....
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