School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES)

The School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) team are currently reviewing the implementation of SLES. For the last six months we have been undertaking Continuous Improvement activities to determine the best way forward for the SLES initiative. We have been gathering feedback from parents and carers, participants, schools, teachers and providers about their experience with SLES. We have gained extremely valuable insights and although there are many successes to celebrate, we understand there is still work to be done.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported the SLES initiative to date, and to those who have shared their SLES experience with us. Watch this space for information regarding the changes to SLES in the coming months.

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What is SLES

Are you a Year 12 student?

School Leaver Employment Support, or SLES, is a new NDIS support that may help you.

SLES is about giving you the skills and confidence to help you move from school to employment.

SLES offers you individualised support for up to 2 years after finishing year 12 to help you get ready for work and plan your pathway to employment.

SLES supports

Your SLES supports will be tailored to meet your individual employment goals. This may include:

  • Work experience in open employment
  • Job skills training
  • Travel training

SLES and Education

The NDIA works with Education to support students with disability to make a smooth transition into SLES or other employment supports.

SLES and other service systems

The NDIS will be responsible for funding supports that assist people with disability prepare for, and take part in work where the person has work capacity but needs some more support before receiving ongoing employment support through existing systems.

Employment services and programs, including both disability-targeted and open employment services, will continue to be responsible for providing advice and support to:

  • People with disability to prepare for, find and maintain jobs;
  • Encourage employers to hire and be inclusive of people with disability in the workplace (e.g. support, training and resources, funding assistance to help employers make reasonable adjustments, and incentives for hiring people with disability , such as wage subsidies).

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