Queenslanders can look forward to a jobs boom and a stronger, more capable workforce thanks to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The Queensland NDIS NGO Workforce Strategy– WorkAbility Qld: Building tomorrow’s NDIS workforce – was launched Tuesday (1 March 2016) at Parliament House in Brisbane. The Strategy was launched by the Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland.
WorkAbility Qld has been developed through a partnership between the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) and a consortium of peak bodies including:
- Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council),
- National Disability Services (NDS),
- Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), and
- Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS).
Richard Nelson, Queensland State Manager of NDS says that the NDIS is the most significant reform in disability services in the last 25 years. It will create new social and economic opportunities for people with disability and their families through choice and control over the supports and services they want.
“The NDIS will mean that thousands of Queenslanders with a disability will have access to support and services for the first time. The rollout of the NDIS is set to double the disability sector’s workforce in Queensland, with up to 13,000 additional jobs between 2016 and 2019.
“The progressive increase in demand and available options for people with disability under the NDIS will require significant growth in the number of workers across the sector and in the range of skills and abilities required to meet new demand, needs and expectations,” Mr Nelson said.
Doug Evans, CEO of the Workforce Council says the release of the Strategy is a key component in preparing, strengthening and growing the workforce to meet future demands.
“The aim of WorkAbility Qld is to supply service providers responding to the growth in demand from NDIS with a strong, skilled workforce to provide services to people with disability in Queensland under the NDIS. Supply of workforce is critical to successful implementation of NDIS.
“This will mean real benefits for people, linking them with exciting and valued work and careers, it builds community through social and economic opportunity, and it supports the workforce to build capacity and capability to be able to respond, grow and sustain the required workforce into the future,” Mr Evans said.
Belinda Drew, CEO of CSIA said WorkAbility Qld will provide both local and state-wide workforce solutions and will build on the sector’s existing strengths and networks across the state.
“Critically the strategy will seek local solutions to local needs through the establishment of networks that will work directly on the supply of workers to meet the needs of people with a disability. It will be critical that we engage all parts of the system, in particular local employers, businesses and the training providers,” she said.
Mark Henley, CEO of QCOSS said it is essential that every Queenslander, regardless of circumstance, has the opportunity to achieve social and economic wellbeing.
“The consortium is working with local community-based organisations to make sure the best response possible is being provided to each person supported by the NDIS,” he said.
WorkAbility Qld is operational in the Townsville region and will be rolled out across the state over three years.
For more information on the strategy please call one of the consortia partners:
Health and Community Services Workforce Council – (07) 3008 3644
National Disability Services Queensland – (07) 3828 9400
Community Services Industry Alliance – (07) 3180 1360
Queensland Council of Social Services – (07) 3004 6900