Employment - our research

Finding and keeping a job is a goal for many of us. Our research examines how positive employment outcomes can be achieved for people with autism, intellectual disability and psychosocial disability. 

Exploring participant experiences: Achieving a sense of purpose – pathways to employment for NDIS participants with intellectual disability, on the autism spectrum and with psychosocial disability.

The NDIA Research and Evaluation Branch conducted this research project to explore the barriers and enablers to gaining and maintaining paid employment for NDIS participants with intellectual disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or psychosocial disability. 

Specifically, the project aimed to:

  • understand and explore participants’ experiences and the pathways to paid employment
  • explore the barriers and enablers to finding and keeping a job, specific to these NDIS participants
  • identify the information and supports required by participants (families, carers or supporters) to help them develop employment goals and get ready for work
  • help inform the Participant Employment Strategy reset.

We hope to use the findings to inform new ways of  removing  barriers to employment and develop decision support tools and guidance documents for participants (families, carers), planners and providers to help them identify ways they can improve their employment outcomes.

Findings from this project will be available in 2021.

This page current as of
6 April 2021