I’m convinced that the average Australian would be amazed by the many successful work placements we have facilitated over the years. Sometimes we’re even amazed ourselves! And humbled. And inspired. We have a wealth of case study examples and the Federal Government’s own statistics also show that NOVA places many more people with disability into work than any other provider.

But there is nothing amazing or magical about NOVA Employment’s consistently outstanding data. We just stick a disability employment model that works.

What works?

I can no longer sit and watch the NDIS turning into a debacle.  At least this is the case in terms of supporting young adults with significant disability to transition from school to work.

The enormous amount of money was always going to attract new players onto the market. (That’s a good thing: fresh ideas, competition, new energy, etc.) However, it was also obvious that the same money would bring profiteers, and the well intentioned, but inexperienced or incompetent. Following the inconsistent planning process, we see completely inept and incompetent service delivery waste the widely varying funds available.

And so it goes. I am told Catholic schools are not to refer students to disability employment services, because the money can be used by new faith-based vocational preparation programs.

At NOVA, we try not to kid ourselves about what it takes to do this job well. Sure, we see ourselves as experts in the disability employment field, and we have some good scores on the board. These are not laurels to rest on.

Our stated mission is ‘to help people with a disability find and keep satisfying jobs of their choice’. And that’s certainly what we dedicate ourselves to in our day-to-day work and our long-term planning.

The keystone to that achievement is not spelled out but you’ve heard it before: we are only as good as our people. What does that really mean? The short answer: much more than a recruitment process.