South Australia first to deliver NDIS through public sector employee-led mutual
Our Child and Youth Services (CYS) directorate is leading the nation as the first public sector employee-led mutual in Australia. CYS staff joined together to form their own mutual, Kudos Services, to deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention services in SA.
Kudos Services staff have been praised for their commitment to delivering the NDIS in SA, with the creation of the mutual a significant step for the state government and another milestone in the delivery of the NDIS.
While there were a number of options for SA, the employee-led mutual provided an exciting opportunity to the highly qualified, professional workforce including many allied health professionals, who have been supporting clients under the NDIS since 2013.
Through the creation of the mutual, staff were able to continue working with their existing clients as well as be involved, as voting members, in making decisions about how the organisation is run.
The mutual will also support the growth and development of disability services for children and young people in South Australia.
More than 70 per cent of the former CYS staff made the decision to join the mutual, demonstrating the strong commitment from existing staff to the new organisation. Of the 112 staff, 106 of them are women, making the mutual an outstanding example of women’s leadership and enterprising spirit.
As CYS was the existing NDIS Partner delivering ECEI services in the state, there will be a smooth transition to the new organisation, ensuring clients continue to receive support.
The NDIS is one of the most important social reforms in Australian history, not only delivering improved outcomes for people with disability, but driving economic benefits by creating new business and employment opportunities.