Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs)
Australian Disability Enterprises are generally not-for-profit organisations providing supported employment opportunities to people with disability. ADEs provides a wide range of employment opportunities and they operate within a commercial context.
There are ADEs across Australia providing supported employment assistance to approximately 20,000 people with moderate to severe disability. ADEs are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Australian Disability Enterprises will offer a much higher rate of onsite support which adjust according to a persons support needs. The hours of employment can vary to suit the individual and the enterprise.
School Leaver Transition programs
School leavers can enrol in the Victorian Government Transition to Employment
(TTE) two year program which is designed to develop work skills and build capacity in young people to improve opportunities for employment. The TTE program is being replaced by the NDIS funded School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) 2 year program as it is rolled out across Australia
The AED Legal Centre provides legal advocacy to people with a disability in the areas of employment, education and training. If you have concerns about your employment conditions you can contact the AED website
NDIS and employment
The NDIS provides various levels of funding for ADE service providers in relation to support for people in the supported employment environment. There is also some provision for funding support in “Finding and keeping a job” for individuals who are not currently able to register for employment of 8 hours or above. This support is on a fee-for-service basis and can be included in an NDIS plan.
For details of what the NDIS will fund click here