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Helping South Australian businesses ahead of the NDIS rollout

Thursday – 9 March 2017

More than 100 South Australian businesses and community organisations that support people with disabilities are being boosted by two new projects designed to strengthen the sector.

Dozens of local businesses have already signed up to the NDIS Provider Readiness Project as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues to roll out across the state.

The $2.4 million State-Federal project will help up to 110 South Australian providers of specialist disability services to adapt and expand their business models, enabling them to take advantage of the expected large increase in demand for services.

Meantime, the Impact Accelerator Program will assist ten South Australian organisations in the northern and southern suburbs to transform their business models to explore new ideas, develop new skills and plan for the NDIS.

The State Government is contributing $50,000 to support the initiative.

Once the NDIS is fully operational in 2018, more than $1.5 billion will be spent on disability services each year in South Australia, creating an extra 6000 jobs across the State.

More providers offering a variety of services will be needed in South Australia to meet the doubled demand for disability services.

For further information about these initiatives, people can contact the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion on 8207 0230.

Background

The NDIS is the biggest social reform since Medicare and will give people with a disability real choice and control over the services they receive.

At full rollout, the State Government will contribute $723 million annually to the scheme, with an estimated 32,000 South Australians forecast to receive support packages (compared to 17,000 pre-NDIS).

For more information about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos

The NDIS is excellent news for more than 32,000 South Australians who will ultimately enter the scheme, as well as their families and carers.

The State Government is committed to helping the disability services sector prepare for the NDIS, to ensure it can meet the increased demand under the scheme.

It is vital that the sector grows to meet the requirements of the 32,000 South Australians who will need services under the NDIS.

This growth will include more than 6000 new jobs in the sector, providing excellent opportunities for South Australian companies already delivering services as well as those looking to move into the sector.

South Australian businesses interested in exploring opportunities in the disability services sector should contact the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion on 8207 0230.