There's a new contract for employment services like NOVA that runs from March 1st this year and for a period of 5 years.
During this time services will be evaluated under a thing called the Star Rating System. The inputs to this process have been recently revised and revised with some improvement so its time for credit where credit is due and congratulations to the funding body DEEWR for listening to at least some of the criticisms of the old system.
Gone is 'speed to placement' which sounded noble but in practice meant that people with more significant barriers either acted as a handicap to their provider or were excluded from participation.
In is a greater emphasis on retained employment with a percentage of the overall rating reflecting a programs ability to help people achieve 12 months in employment. This is truly first class as it replaces an emphasis on jobs that could be easily bought with subsidy - jobs of no or very little real worth that denied people with disability the opportunity to fully participate.
So at least a couple of pluses! Now, what's needed are KPI's (Key performance Indicators) that properly reward reduced dependency on welfare and job retention AFTER subsidies have ended - couple that with a drive to get people off DSP and you would have quality indicators that would truly benefit people with disability and prevent the wholesale rorting that characterised the last system.
Well done DEEWR - more!
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