Victoria looks set to benefit from a massive surge in new jobs and disability services as the NDIS rolls out. Data from the latest Market Position Statement (MPS) by the National Disability Insurance Agency expects up to 18,000 new jobs will be created in Victoria over the next three years. This is in addition to a growth in disability services from $2.6 billion to $5.1 billion. “What this will look like on the ground is a 76 per cent boost to the disability services workforce and an additional $2.5 billion worth of expenditure into the local market,” Minister for Disability Services, Christian Porter said. This follows an increase in demand for quality, value-for-money services, new products and technologies. As at the end of last year there were 650 registered service providers in Victoria with around 630 additional providers with registrations in progress. According to the minister some of these providers offer different types of services, not previously associated with the disability sector, such as fitness, sports, financial services, ICT, trades and builders.

There will be a focus on North East Melbourne, which will be one of the first areas to transition into the NDIS from July 1. One of the features of the area is its diversity with over one-third (35 per cent) from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, compared to 28 per cent across Victoria. “This offers a huge opportunity for providers to develop culturally responsive support offerings to meet the needs of the local community,” Assistant Minister for Disability Services, Jane Prentice said.

MPSs for other jurisdictions will be published in the coming months.

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