Supported employment refers to jobs where people with high support needs (i.e. those who, because of their disabilities, need substantial ongoing support to obtain and/or keep paid employment) can receive extra support while they are at work.
If an individual is eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), supports for employment could be funded through their NDIS Plan. Further information about supported employment under the NDIS, including information on the pricing framework, can be found on the NDIS website(link is external).
Participants can use their supported employment funding in any workplace they choose, including mainstream employment, social enterprises, micro-businesses, or supported employment services (including those traditionally known as Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)).
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that people with disability have genuine opportunities to work in a wide range of settings. As part of the 2023-24 Budget, the Australian Government announced a commitment of $57 million over four years to:
create ongoing employment opportunities for people with disability with high support needs;
assist the supported employment sector to evolve to better meet community expectations; and
provide people with disability with high support needs, their families and carers with access to advocacy support and information to build their confidence and understanding about their rights and options at work.
Let Devonfield help you make the very most of life’s opportunities through accessing options within the community, helping you learn the skills to work, connecting you to your valued social networks and providing you with meaningful and inclusive programs that will empower you to build further on your strengths and reach your full potential.
This is how we can help you… YOU CHOOSE:
How can we help?
No matter what the disability or condition it is, our staff are committed and dedicated to ensuring your personal needs are met through our very person focused service approach.
Did you know.....
Devonfield's areas of Supported Employment include: Gardening & maintenance services, school canteens, catering services. Our catering services include the preparation of home delivers meals, funeral catering, six North West school canteens and the Banksia Centre. Our CAS room (Coagulating-assembling & Sewing) currently have contracts with Nicholls poultry, Anvers Chocolates and numerous Tasmanian Hospitals and Aged Care facilities.
Nicholls Poultry - Sorting and bagging chicken necks for Pet Barn distribution.
Anvers Chocolates - Folding and preparing truffle boxes.
Alginate Bags - Sewing and boxing up the dissolvable alginate laundry bags.
Other smaller contracts from time to time.
How will Devonfield support you in this NDIS funded program?
By tailoring an individual program to meet your needs and goals.
By asking what is important to you and finding out what your good at.
By giving you a buddy to help you become familiar with your new work environment.
By working out what are the best options for you and placing you in work experience.
By helping you understand the world of work by training you in work skills.
By just being there with you all the steps of your pathway.
SLES is about giving you the skills and confidence to help you move from school to employment with the right support that you choose.
School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) is a great supportive pathway to work for Year 12 school leavers with a disability. It’s a stepping stone and the supports you will receive may include work experience in an open employment setting, travel training, work skills training and any other activity that will contribute to you achieving an employment outcome.
SLES offers you individualised support for up to 2 years after finishing year 12 to help you get ready for work and to plan your pathway to employment.
The Devonfield SLES team have a great track record in building capacity of their participants to date and are enjoying the many employment outcomes of their participants together with their families.