About Workforce Wizard

Workforce Wizard fills a major workforce data gap

Many people want to know how the workforce may be changing during the rollout of the NDIS.

  • Are more people being employed as casual rather than permanent workers?
  • Is there a different mix of skills and demographics?
  • What is happening to hours of work, working conditions and training?

At the moment there is no reliable, high quality, up-to-date data that answers these questions.

Workforce Wizard fills this gap and offers you a data exchange. Workforce Wizard allows you to benchmark your data in two ways. After you add your workforce information, you will be able to benchmark your workforce with other providers in the sector who have entered the same information.

NDS also enters data from other national data sources (like ABS) that you can use for comparisons. As more and more people use the Wizard, the Wizard user data will increasingly act as your primary source of benchmark data.

Workforce Wizard data valuable for sector advocacy

As more services use Workforce Wizard, data on key trends will develop into useful evidence on issues such as workplace relations, NDIA pricing and market development.

NDS will use aggregate data from Workforce Wizard to support advocacy work for the sector. Be assured that your organisation’s individual responses are strictly confidential. Results will only be reported in aggregate and no organisation or person will be identifiable. No identifiable information will be passed to any other organisation or third party. Within NDS, access to an individual organisation’s data will be strictly limited to Workforce Wizard administrators only. An organisation’s data will only be viewed when providing assistance to a user or to check data quality.

What information do I have to provide each quarter?

You will need:

The number of direct support workers (or allied health professionals) who are:

  • employed as full-time permanent, part-time permanent, full-time fixed term, part-time fixed term and casual workers
  • female or male
  • aged 15-24, 25-44, 45-54 or over 55

And the number of

  • Permanent direct support workers (or allied health professionals) who commenced work, and left the organisation
  • Casual direct support workers (or allied health professionals) who commenced work, and left the organisation
  • Hours worked in total by your direct support workers (or allied health professionals) during the last full working week of a quarter.