Employee-led mutual to secure NDIS services for children and allied health jobs in South Australia
In an Australian first, current South Australian Government staff will set up an independent, employee-led mutual to deliver early intervention services for children with disability and developmental delay under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
A new agreement with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will see the employee-led mutual become the Partner in the Community (Partner) delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services for South Australia.
The partnership aims to improve long-term outcomes for children through helping them receive the supports they need in the way they are needed.
The agreement also ensures that the highly skilled allied health and support workforce, currently employed by the State Government’s Child and Youth Services (CYS), will continue delivering services to children with disability and developmental delay.
The NDIS is a new national scheme, currently rolling out across South Australia, which delivers better support to people living with disability and children with developmental delay.
Under the NDIS, ECEI services support children aged 0 to 6 years who have a developmental delay or disability, and their families and carers, to achieve the best possible outcomes throughout life.
The employee-led mutual will deliver services under a co-operative structure, with members of the organisation pivotal in decision-making.
It is expected that the ECEI Grant Agreement will create 50 full-time roles.