NDIS Workforce Strategy for NGOs
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is a new way of providing individualised support for people with permanent disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. It will bring significant improvements to the lives of Australians with a disability, their families and carers, by placing choice and control of the services they require into the hands of the people who need them.
The Scheme is being implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). It connects participants with community and mainstream supports and funds reasonable and necessary to assist them to pursue their goals and aspirations, and participate in daily life.
THE NDIS IN QUEENSLAND
The NDIS will progressively rollout across Queensland over three years from 1 July 2016 to June 2019. The Scheme will launch early in North Queensland ahead of the three year rollout.
Under the NDIS the number of Queenslanders receiving disability supports is expected to double to around 97,000 by 2019. This is expected to create up to 13,000 additional full-time jobs, predominantly in the non-government sector (the NGO sector), and inject approximately $4 billion per year into the Queensland economy between 2016 and 2019.
THE NDIS WORKFORCE STRATEGY FOR NGOs AND THE WORKFORCE COUNCIL
The progressive increase in demand and available options for people with disability and the increased investment 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.
The need to incrementally double the existing workforce, combined with the changes to the way in which services will operate in a competitive NDIS environment, requires the transformation of the NGO sector workforce.
The NDIS Workforce Strategy for NGOs (the Sector Strategy) has been developed by a consortium of health and community services peak bodies in collaboration with key government agencies. The strategy aims to meet the identified needs of the sector in Queensland, and to build the sector workforce supply and capability to meet demand under the NDIS. The consortium includes:
- Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council)
- National Disability Services (NDS)
- Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA)
- Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS)
As part of our role in the NDIS Sector Strategy, the Workforce Council will be hosting a series of forums in early 2016. These NDIS forums will provide participating organisations with information and practical strategies to best support the community and meet their service needs. Details of the forums can be found here and more information will be available in the coming months.
The first forum will be held in Townsville (Information on this forum will be available soon).
ABOUT THE CONSORTIUM
The NDIS Sector Strategy aligns with the national NDIS Integrated Market, Sector and Workforce Strategy and recognises the unique features, opportunities and workforce challenges of different locations across Queensland. It will also link to the Government’s commitment to rebuilding the Community Services Sector and the establishment of a broader Industry Development Program currently in development under the leadership of the Community Services Industry Alliance.
The Sector Strategy is owned and will be led by the sector, through the consortium, with government playing a critical role as enabler of the Workforce Strategy. The consortium is currently finalising their governance framework to ensure a smooth operational collaboration between the partners, to implement this critical project.
You will hear more shortly in a media release from the consortium about the specific details of the strategy rollout.
Click on the links below to find out more information about the consortium members.