The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll out is set to bring hundreds of jobs to Townsville and North Queensland in the disability sector, as well as flow on opportunities in the wider business community.
Coralee O’Rourke, Disability Services Minister and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, announced the NDIS would generate around 13,000 disability sector jobs across the state, and North Queenslanders would be well placed to take full advantage.
Mrs O’Rourke stated “Job opportunities stemming from the NDIS will come sooner rather than later for people in Townsville, with the early launch of the scheme, for participants under the age of 18, already underway,”
“Once fully operational, the scheme will support more than 4,800 people with disability in Townsville and extending in other areas of North Queensland – creating a powerful new consumer group and a red-hot-marketplace for service providers in our city and beyond.
“This unprecedented growth and, consequently, major employment boost will provide great opportunities for those who are looking for work or for a career change.”
Minister O’Rourke said preparation was the key to taking advantage of the opportunities offered under the landmark reform, and the sector-led Queensland NDIS Workforce Strategy would help job seekers to expand their skills.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a healthcare program initiated by the Australian government for Australians with a disability by the Gillard Government. The bill was introduced into parliament in November 2012.
Minister O’Rourke said the Palaszczuk Government was proud to invest in a workforce that would provide solutions to meet the diverse needs of people with disability.