Supported Employment

What is Supported Employment

Supported employment is a job where people with disability can receive extra support while they are at work.

For people with a disability who need a little bit of extra support on the job, there are businesses called Australian Disability Enterprises that offer meaningful employment for people with disability.

With Supported Employment you will earn your own money, get job experience, and learn new work skills in a supported and inclusive environment.

You will need to be on an NDIS plan.

There are many benefits to having a job:

  • It can build financial independence
  • You can earn your own money
  • Develop self-worth
  • Meet new friends
  • Improve health and wellbeing
  • Have social connection
  • Develop skills
  • Gain experience
  • Work in a team

NDIS funding can play a role in enabling you to get a job.

The NDIS also funds capacity building employment supports, such as:

  • employment-related assessment
  • counselling
  • workplace assistance
  • school leaver employment supports.

There are three key features of supported employment:

  • Provide support to the individual with disabilities until they learn the job.
  • Help gain job opportunities.
  • Target jobs which individuals with disabilities may not otherwise have knowledge to access.

What are Australian disability Enterprises?

Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) are generally not-for-profit organisations that play a role in providing supported employment opportunities to people with disability.

You can choose an ADE as a preferred employment option.

Supported employee wages

Wages for many supported employees are calculated using wage assessment tools under the Supported Employment Services Award 2020 (the Award).

As part of its four yearly review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is currently reviewing the Award.

What skills can I learn in supported employment?

Supported employment offers you the chance to learn new skills to help you find a job in open employment if you wish. The job will teach you skills that suit you including:

  • Transport skills
  • Safety at work
  • Communication at work
  • Teamwork
  • Administration
  • Processes
  • Working to a timetable or deadline

What training do I get?

Each job is different, but your training is designed to help you develop the skills needed to create a meaningful job.

Training at Flagstaff includes a 13-week supported training program.

What is Open Employment?

Open employment is open to all people, including people with intellectual disability. This means that people with disability work together in the same workplaces.

The government provides supports for people with intellectual disability to learn work skills and find and keep a job.

It is the regular job market where people: apply for jobs. set up their own business to earn money.

Does NDIS help with employment?

The NDIS can fund supports in employment for participants who need extra help to pursue their employment goals. Generally, these supports are greater than what may be reasonably provided by an employer or with the support of Disability Employment Services (DES).

Would you like to learn more?

The Flagstaff Group offers supported employment across a range of business divisions including:

  • Paper to paper
  • Fine Foods
  • Print and Mail
  • Laundry
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Packaging and Assembly

We are looking for people who:

  • Are willing and able to work.
  • Have a current NDIS plan OR plan to include work in NDIS plan (we can help achieve this).
  • Able to work at least 8 hours per week.
  • Living in the Illawarra or Shoalhaven.

Step 1. Take a personalised tour of our site, meet our team, and discuss what positions we have available.

Step 2. Sit down with a representative of our Life Choices team to discuss your abilities and where you might best fit with Flagstaff.

Contact Flagstaff’s Programs and Support Team Leader on 4272 0222.


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