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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.


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.

Quotes attributable to Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos

The NDIS will fundamentally transform the way disability care is delivered and a skilled, flexible workforce is required to help people make decisions about their care.

From 1 July 2018, the NDIS will be open to all eligible South Australians aged up to 65 years who have a significant or profound disability. 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 Employment Minister Kyam Maher

Through this project, job seekers and people who want to work in the disability sector will develop their skills to fill about 6,000 new jobs that will be created in South Australia once the NDIS is fully implemented in 2019.

These job opportunities will be critical for northern Adelaide, with many people currently working in automotive manufacturing and the automotive supply chain set to be impacted when Holden closes its Elizabeth plant next year.

This project will help ensure our workforce has the skills to support individuals including people with disability, their families, carers and service providers, to transition to new arrangements under the NDIS.

Quotes attributable to Cara Chief Executive Liz Cohen

At Cara, we support a diverse range of children and adults with disabilities, so it’s important our staff also reflect that diversity. We recognise and welcome people joining the disability sector after working in other industries because they bring new skills and new ways of looking at things.

Our promise at Cara is we find possible, so we want ‘possible people’ to join us, and we offer on-going training to help make that a reality. We look for people who are open-minded, who think progressively, work well with others, and contribute to team success, and who can accept feedback and learn.

This new funding to help workers transition will benefit workers, people with disabilities, and organisations alike. It’s great news.

Cara operates all over the state, from Mount Gambier in the South East across to Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, and most places in between.