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Mallee communities encouraged to start retraining now for NDIS jobs

Tuesday – 13 September 2016

Murray and Mallee

The State Government is encouraging local people considering entering the booming disability services industry to start upskilling now.

As part of the Country Cabinet meeting in the Southern Mallee region, Minister for Disabilities Leesa Vlahos and Minister for Employment Kyam Maher have today visited disability services provider CARA in Murray Bridge, with the organisation planning to expand as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out.

CARA, which has four disability homes in Murray Bridge, has taken on four new employees in the town this week.

The NDIS is forecast to significantly increase the number of disability services jobs in the Murray Bridge and Murray Mallee region, with as many as 650 full-time roles to be created once the scheme is fully rolled out in mid-2018.

Background

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

The State Government will contribute more than $720 million to the scheme each year, once it’s fully rolled out.

For more information about employment and training opportunities in the disability sector, call the WorkReady information line on 1800 506 266 or visit www.skills.sa.gov.au

You can also search for a jobactive provider at www.jobactive.gov.au or directly approach disability service providers.

For more information about the NDIS go to: www.ndis.gov.au or call 1800 800 110.

Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos

We know that people with the right skills and aptitude to work in the disability sector are already in huge demand, and this is only going to grow.

The NDIS is not only going to change the lives of people living with a disability, giving them more choice and control over their services, but it will also change the lives of people who seize the opportunity to forge a highly rewarding career.

Throughout the state I am meeting with and hearing from providers such as CARA who are looking for the right sort of people, even if they have never worked or studied in the sector before.

Quotes attributable to Employment Minister Kyam Maher

The NDIS will deliver jobs for many South Australians, particularly for people in regional areas.

It’s estimated the South Australian disability workforce will increase from about 6,000 full-time equivalent workers to more than 12,000 under the NDIS, with many of those new jobs in regional South Australia.

If you’ve been thinking about training for a job in the disability sector to take advantage of the thousands of job opportunities to be created by the NDIS roll out, now is the time to act.

Quotes attributable to Cara Chief Executive Liz Cohen

At Cara, we’ve recently welcomed four new staff to work across our four accommodation houses in Murray Bridge. Known as “Possible People”, our staff work alongside the people we support to help them achieve the most out of life.

We welcome people from all industries because they bring new ideas, skills and enthusiasm – what’s most important is that their values match with Cara’s values. Then, we can tailor their training needs to offer the high-level of support for which Cara is known.

Welcoming staff like Maree, who used to own her own horse transport business, to a rewarding career with Cara is one of the highlights of my job.