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NDIS Community Expos arrive in Port Augusta today

Wednesday – 11 October 2017

Far North

The Port Augusta community will today have the chance to learn more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme with a special community expo being held at Central Oval.

The NDIS is a once-in-a-generation social and economic reform that will deliver Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the supports they need to live a rewarding life.

A range of disability service providers, along with representatives from the National Disability Insurance Agency, the State Government and training providers will attend today’s expo, which starts at 11am and will continue until 2pm.

With 6000 new jobs to be created as the NDIS is rolled out throughout South Australia, including 150 new jobs in the Far North, people who are interested in a career in the disability sector are also encouraged to attend.

An NDIS Community Expo will also be conducted today in Kadina, at the Harvest Christian College, starting at 11am, while an expo will also be held in Coober Pedy on Wednesday 25 October.

For more information visit www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au

Background

The State Government’s NDIS Community Expos are being held across the state to give people with disability, their families and carers, along with job seekers, the opportunity to talk directly with disability service providers to learn more about the scheme.

Launched in May, the 23 Community Expos are a central part of a $1.35 million State Government commitment to ensuring the South Australian community is informed about the NDIS and its benefits for people with disability.

A total of 14 expos have been held in regions so far including in metropolitan Adelaide, the Limestone Coast, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island and the Murray Mallee, with more than 2000 people in total attending.

The NDIS will be available for people with disability living in the Far North region of South Australia from January 1, 2018.

A further 700,000 people have been reached through social media since the start of the rollout to South Australia adults, and more than 300,000 promoting the expos.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Disabilities, Katrine Hildyard

I’m looking forward to attending the Port Augusta NDIS Community Expo so I can hear first hand from people with disability and their families, along with our service providers, about opportunities under the NDIS.

Up to 150 new jobs will likely to be created in the Far North region when the NDIS is rolled out at the start of next year.

The expos are aimed at introducing some of the 32,000 South Australians with disability, their families and carers to the NDIS, and help them make the most of it.

It’s also a chance for job seekers to talk to training providers and explore careers in the disability sector.