Cash for care under the NDIS: Shaping care workers' working conditions?

Macdonald, F and Charlesworth, S 2016, 'Cash for care under the NDIS: Shaping care workers' working conditions?', Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 58, no. 5, pp. 627-646.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Cash for care under the NDIS: Shaping care workers' working conditions?
Author(s) Macdonald, F
Charlesworth, S
Year 2016
Journal name Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume number 58
Issue number 5
Start page 627
End page 646
Total pages 20
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract The Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) introduces a national cash-for-care model for disability support and care. The NDIS has been hailed as a significant advance in social care provision for people with disability, bringing both additional funding and choice and control. However, little attention has been paid to how the shift to a cash-for-care system will impact on the working conditions of disability support workers. The international literature suggests three main factors shape better or poorer employment outcomes for workers in cash-for-care schemes: the extent to which cost containment underpins scheme design; the regulation and monitoring of care delivery; and the regulation of care employment. In this article, we explore these factors through an analysis of the planning, design and initial implementation of the NDIS and make a preliminary assessment of how the new scheme might shape care workers' employment conditions.
Subject Social Policy
Public Policy
Keyword(s) Care delivery
Cash-for-care
Employment regulation
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Working conditions
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0022185615623083
Copyright notice © Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association
ISSN 1472-9296
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