Kymberly Martin

Views sought from disability sector on NDIS Workforce Plan

Organisations across the disability sector are being encouraged to contribute to the development of an NDIS Workforce Plan to support NDIS participants, which will be one of the biggest employment initiatives ever for the country.

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The government is working with states and territories, seeking contributions from across the community to help provide a cohesive, national approach to delivering the workforce needed to support the NDIS.

NDIS Minister Stuart Robert said the NDIS represents one of the largest job creation opportunities in Australia’s history. “To deliver an NDIS that is sustainable for future generations it is essential we put in place a prudent approach to building the disability workforce of tomorrow,” he said.

The consultation, which will commence with an online survey, will focus on four interrelated goals for the NDIS workforce, attracting workers, retaining workers, maximising the use of workers and lifting quality and capability.

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“Across this workforce we estimate 71 per cent of new positions will be disability support workers, with the remaining growth comprising allied health professionals, managers and others , these are significant opportunities for Australians through a vocation of supporting others and changing lives,” the minister said.

“At the forefront of this large workforce are the businesses, peak bodies, industry and career educations groups who are seeing the challenges and the opportunities. We want to engage with these groups and those representing people with disability to hear ideas on how we can ensure a thriving workforce.”

NDIS service providers, peak bodies representing people with disability and other industry along with service providers from similar sectors, such as aged care and health care, are also invited to participate.

Go to: https://engage.dss.gov.au/.

The survey closes at midnight on March 27, 2020.

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