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Acting Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
The Honourable Mark Ryan
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Wanted: up to 1100 workers for South West Qld NDIS rollout

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached another milestone in Queensland, with the scheme rolling out in Toowoomba and west to the borders from today.

Acting Disability Services Minister Mark Ryan said the rollout of the NDIS across the region would drive significant demand for disability services, boosting local businesses and creating up to 1100 new jobs.

“Once fully operational, the scheme will support more than 7000 people with disability in the Toowoomba region – creating a powerful new consumer group and a marketplace for service providers,” Mr Ryan said.

“This unprecedented growth and employment boost will provide great opportunities for those who are looking for work or a career change.”

Mr Ryan said the NDIS would open the sector to businesses who may not have previously identified themselves as traditional disability services providers.

“The NDIS will create new opportunities in areas not usually associated with the disability sector such as education, tourism, transport and technology,” he said.

“We are already seeing some great new businesses start up across the state, such as ballet schools for children with disability and respite camping adventures. The opportunities are endless.

“If you’re leaving school or TAFE, or looking for a career change, now is the right time to consider a career in the disability sector, where you can make a real difference every day.”

Mr Ryan said with the roll out of the NDIS now underway, it was the perfect time to make sure people with disability not only received supports, but could also live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

“We want our new disability plan to be an ‘all abilities’ strategy that accurately reflects the valuable contribution Queenslanders with disability make to our communities, our economy and our state,” he said.

“The ‘Towards an all abilities Queensland’ consultation paper will help direct future policies across five key areas of personal and community relationships, recreation and tourism, working and learning, key services, and leadership and contribution.

“By connecting with people from all corners of the state, we aim to find a shared vision on how we can make Queensland more inclusive and accessible.”

The areas of Balonne, Bulloo, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs will join the scheme today. Followed by Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset local government areas from 1 July 2017.

For information on the NDIS rollout visit www.ndis.gov.au or call the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

The ‘Towards an all abilities Queensland’ consultation paper is available at www.qld.gov.au/allabilitiesqueensland. Submissions are now open until Friday, 10 February 2017.