The Federal Government has kick-started the process for developing the NDIS Workforce Strategy. National Disability Services has been contracted to deliver a report which has three priority areas:  supporting and retaining the existing workforce; ensuring workforce supply to support people with disability in the future; and building the capacity of the workforce to adapt to the new funding model of person-centred choice under the NDIS.

The report will address workforce needs in the current trial sites as well as any issues that will develop when full national rollout occurs. The NDIS Workforce Strategy is critical to the government’s agenda to work with the disability sector to optimise workforce and service provision beyond the trial sites and into full launch. The size of the disability workforce is expected to more than double by 2019-20.

The final report will be delivered to the government in August, 2014.