The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Jobs and Market Fund (JMF) announced in the 2018-19 Budget will provide $45.6 million over three years from 2018-19 to 2020-21 to support the growth of the NDIS market and workforce.

The NDIS Jobs and Market Fund will build on the success of the Sector Development Fund, which has funded projects to support people with disability, providers and the workforce to transition to the NDIS, but shift the focus to prioritising opportunities for workforce and market growth.



The NDIS is a significant social and economic policy reform representing one of the largest job creation opportunities in Australia. Achieving choice and control for participants requires a vibrant, well-functioning market of NDIS providers, from which empowered NDIS participants are able to choose high quality services. To support this vision, the NDIS workforce needs to grow by approximately 90,000 full-time equivalent workers to support 460,000 participants at full scheme.

Given the rapid growth in service delivery required, providers need to be informed and enabled to respond to participant needs, and build the necessary workforce in a competitive market environment. The vision for the NDIS is that participants exercise choice and control over the services they receive, accessing services from an effective market that responds to their needs. This vision will be achieved by ensuring that: participants are able to exercise choice and control; participants receive reasonable and necessary supports were and when they need them; NDIS providers deliver supports and services efficiently and sustainably; and NDIS providers are able to access the workforce needed to meet participant demand.



The objective of the NDIS Jobs and Market Fund is to support the growth of the NDIS provider market and workforce in capacity and capability to meet the needs of NDIS participants.



The Australian Government has announced a total of $45.6 million over three years for the JMF. A total of $6 million to $10 million for up to two years (from date of grant agreement) is available for the JMF Round 1 Grant Opportunity.

There is no maximum amount that may be applied for; however, grants cannot exceed $10 million, which is the total available. There is a minimum grant amount of $50,000. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $100,000 – $1 million (GST exclusive), depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.


Eligible Projects

The funding may only be used for projects and activities that grow the NDIS provider market and workforce in capacity (including number and geographic spread) and capability, excluding activities listed at Section 4.2 of the Guidelines.

The activities must provide collective benefit to the NDIS market and workforce generally, or sub-markets (by support type, participant type, or geography), or multiple providers. Collaboration and partnership, including with participants or participant representative organisations, is encouraged. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the benefits of the project will flow to other providers and/or the NDIS market(s) or workforce more broadly.

Activities should be designed to meet the Grant Opportunity outcome areas and outcomes at Section 1.4 of the Guidelines, or otherwise show how the activity will grow the NDIS provider market and workforce.

Activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • developing and disseminating practical information and resources to assist providers, participants and/or the workforce to understand NDIS opportunities and increase their capability;
  • developing new ways of delivering services to NDIS participants in rural and remote areas and Indigenous communities, including pilot projects;
  • supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to provide NDIS services, including pilot projects;
  • supporting organisations to provide culturally appropriate resources or supports to culturally and linguistically diverse participants;
  • changing perceptions about working in the disability sector and mobilising workers to enter the NDIS workforce;
  • increasing the capability of the NDIS workforce to deliver quality supports;
  • building the capacity of NDIS participants as consumers, and engaging participants in provider business model development;
  • initiatives to support partnerships, collaboration and coordination between providers, participants and communities;
  • initiatives to promote new or innovative provider business types and models, including pilot projects;
  • activities to support or encourage investment in NDIS services and service providers;
  • research and scoping studies that build the evidence base on provider and workforce growth;
  • developing innovative tools and mechanisms to assist matching of participants, providers and workers;
  • information and programs that link potential workers with NDIS career opportunities;
  • co-development of a project – consultative processes with relevant stakeholders to refine and optimise project design;
  • other activities that contribute to the growth of the NDIS provider market and workforce in capacity and capability.

You can only spend grant funds on eligible grant activities as defined in the grant details in your grant agreement.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Local Government
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Sole Trader
  • Statutory Entity
  • Partnership
  • Trustee on behalf of a Trust

Certain non-legal entity type/s can be considered eligible for the NDIS JMF Round 1. The relevant Delegate must approve their inclusion or agree that a parent organisation may sponsor the application to this grant opportunity.

The following non-legal entity type may be eligible for this grant opportunity:

  • Unincorporated Association.


How to get the NDIS Jobs and Market Fund grant

1.Need (25%)

You will need to be able to demonstrate the need for the grant activity in the NDIS market and/or workforce.

Include in your response:

  • Outcome – identify the Jobs and Market Fund outcome area the proposed activity primarily addresses
  • Need – describe the need for the particular grant activity in the NDIS market – or particular market, sub-market or region – and/or workforce
  • Understanding – demonstrate your understanding of the NDIS, NDIS participants and their needs, and the NDIS market and workforce.


2. Objectives (50%)

You will need to be able to demonstrate how the grant activity will contribute to the objectives and outcomes of the grant opportunity.

Include in your response:

  • Outputs – describe the activity and provide information demonstrating its expected outputs and how these will contribute to improved market and workforce outcomes