Government’s NDIS Workforce Strategy begins

Fri 21 February 2014

The Coalition Government is to begin a workforce development strategy for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) with a report into workforce issues.

The Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield says National Disability Services (NDS) has been contracted to deliver the report.

“The rollout of the NDIS will create significant employment demand and opportunities in the disability sector, and the Government is committed to working with the sector to prepare for this change,” Senator Fifield said.  

“The size of the disability workforce will more than double by 2019-20, and importantly, the workforce will need the capacity to respond to the NDIS funding model, which places the consumer at the centre and in control of their funding package,” he said.

The Report will have three priority areas: supporting and retaining the existing workforce; ensuring workforce supply to support people with disability into the future; and building the capacity of the workforce to adapt to the new funding model of person-centred choice under the NDIS.

Senator Fifield said 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 Final Report will be delivered to Government in August 2014.

See government media release.

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