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Huge new job opportunities in Eyre Peninsula and West Coast through NDIS

Wednesday – 20 July 2016

Eyre and Western

Up to 450 new jobs are anticipated to be created in the disability sector on the Eyre Peninsula and West Coast once the National Disability Insurance Scheme is fully rolled out across South Australia.

The NDIS is expected to create about 6000 new jobs in South Australian by the time the full scheme in is rolled out in July 2018, many of which will be in regional areas.

Recent modelling by the National Disability Insurance Agency shows up to 450 jobs will be created locally, up from about 150 existing jobs.

Disability Minister Leesa Vlahos is in Port Lincoln today and will visit disability service provider Cara. Ms Vlahos is urging locals seeking work, or those looking for a new career direction, to consider a position in the disability sector.


The NDIS will transform the disability sector in South Australia, both for participants and service providers. Almost double the number of people living with disability in South Australia will have access to services through the NDIS.

It will result in about 6000 new jobs in South Australia, including many in regional South Australia.

It is estimated that the South Australian disability workforce will increase from about 6000 full-time equivalent workers to more than 12,000 under the NDIS.

The recent State Budget included an additional $50 million to support the transition to the NDIS, and a further $40.5 million for people living with a disability to access services including accommodation support, community access and respite services.

For more information about employment and training opportunities in the disability sector, call the WorkReady information line on 1800 506 266 or visit Alternatively, you can:

  • search for a jobactive provider at
  • contact Northern Futures (for opportunities in Adelaide’s northern suburbs) on 1800 619 933
  • directly approach disability service providers.
  • For more information about the NDIS, visit or call 1800 800 110.

Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos

These new jobs will include roles such as personal and organisational support workers, allied health professionals, mental health nurses, service coordinators and case managers.

Working with people with disability is a rewarding and interesting career, where people can help those in our community in greatest need to improve their quality of life.

It will provide great opportunities for people to enter the disability workforce, either as employees of a new or existing service provider, or as self-employed contractors.

As the NDIS starts to roll-out across South Australia over the next two years, more jobs will become available, along with specific projects for job seekers.

Anyone interested in moving to a career in the disability sector should start seeking the skills and training needed to successfully enter the disability workforce.

Quotes attributable to Cara Chief Executive Liz Cohen

Cara, one of South Australia’s largest disability-service providers, is always looking for people with the right vales to join our Cara Community. Our staff work alongside the people we support in a range of services – full time accommodation, respite, Home & Community Support, on Camps for Kids and as developmental educators.

In the past four years alone, Cara has employed 30 people in Port Lincoln with job interviews for a further four positions taking place this week. By the time the NDIS rollout is completed, we expect to employ up to 90 people in Port Lincoln.

State-wide, Cara employs more than 760 people who work alongside the children and adults with disabilities we support. We work with more than 690 children and adults from Port Lincoln right down to Mt Gambier and everywhere in between. Cara is committed to giving people in regional communities the same high-levels of support they could expect in metropolitan areas.

Want to know more? Contact us on 08 8347 4588, visit or visit us at the Eyre Peninsula Field Days in Cleve next month.