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Skills boost to support move to the NDIS

Thursday – 18 August 2016

Up to 300 people will gain skills to work in the disability sector and support the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Disability Sector Skills and Employment Development Project - which has received $1.78 million from the Australian Government and will be delivered by the State Government - will help build the workforce skills needed for the transition to the NDIS.

During the next two years, the project will:

  • support up to 300 people wanting to enter or transition to work in the disability sector, with jobs pledged by employers
  • subsidise training for up to 150 existing workers in skill areas required by employers
  • boost career services for up to 1500 people, connecting job seekers and employers in the disability sector
  • support up to 25 new businesses in the disability sector to operate under the NDIS.

The project will be delivered in the Southern, Western and Eastern Adelaide regions, as well as the Barossa Valley and Yorke Mid-North.

The project complements the State Government’s $4.02 million investment to support skills and employment opportunities from the NDIS in northern Adelaide through the Northern Economic Plan. In mid-2017, northern Adelaide will be the first region in South Australia where the NDIS will be available to adults.

Background

The project is supported through the Sector Development Fund (SDF) which was established as part of the Australian Government’s NDIS Transition Programme. The SDF aims to build the disability sector’s capacity; ensure service providers are ready to take up the opportunities through NDIS; and assist in expanding and diversifying the workforce.

The State Government’s $4.02 million investment is part of the Northern Economic Plan, which has been developed by the State Government in partnership with the Playford, Salisbury, and Port Adelaide Enfield Councils, along with industries, businesses, and the community to respond to the economic and social challenges likely once General Motors Holden ends car-making in SA next year.