What is the NDIS Jobs and Market Fund?
In the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government invested $64.3 million in a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Jobs and Market Fund (JMF) and broader communication activity to support the growth of the NDIS market and workforce.
The JMF will replace and build on the success of the Sector Development Fund (SDF), which has funded projects to support people with disability, providers and the workforce to transition to the NDIS, but shift the focus to prioritising opportunities for workforce and market growth.
$45.6 million is available through the Fund for targeted projects to grow the provider market and workforce in number and capability.
The JMF design will be based on a review of SDF projects, detailed analysis of NDIS market and workforce needs, and targeted stakeholder engagement.
Examples of projects that may be funded under the JMF include:
- work to support the development of an e-marketplace;
- initiatives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to provide NDIS services;
- projects to develop new delivery models for rural and remote communities;
- development of frameworks and resources to assist providers to train NDIS workers; and
- information and programs that link jobseekers with NDIS career opportunities.
When is funding available?
JMF funding will be available over three years from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021.
There will be a number of targeted grants rounds under the JMF over the 2018-21 period. It is expected that the first grants round will be open to applications by the end of 2018.