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Whyalla residents urged to consider a career in the disability sector

Wednesday – 11 October 2017

Eyre and Western

Disabilities Minister Katrine Hildyard is urging Whyalla residents to consider a career in the disability sector ahead of next months National Disability Insurance Scheme Whyalla Expo.

Ms Hildyard is today visiting Community Support Inc. disability service provider in Whyalla to discuss employment opportunities arising from the rollout of the NDIS.

Community Support is currently seeking 25 new employees in Whyalla to meet the demand generated by the NDIS and expects significant further job opportunities over the next 12 months.

Up to 450 new jobs are expected to be created across the Eyre and Western region and a number of local disability service providers are currently hiring.

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 reasonable and necessary 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 Whyalla Health & Leisure Centre – YMCA at 5 Racecourse Road, Whyalla Norrie on Wednesday, 22 November.

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

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

Background

Community Support Inc provides tailored support services to almost 1000 people living with disability, mental illness and ageing across South Australia every day.

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.

14 expos have already been held in regions including metropolitan Adelaide, the Limestone Coast, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island, and the Murray Mallee, with more than 2,000 people in total attending.

The State Government’s commitment to informing South Australians about the NDIS has already reached about 700,000 people through social media since the start of the roll out to South Australia adults, and more than 300,000 promoting the expos.

Community Support have spoken to hundreds of people at the NDIS Community Expos across the State. The Expos have been hugely successful in providing vital information to both NDIS participants and people currently employed in the sector or considering a career in support work.

Quotes attributable to Disability Minister Katrine Hildyard

I congratulate Community Support for looking to expand their already 70 person strong workforce in Whyalla.

It’s great to see these new jobs being offered and I urge anyone wanting a new experience to consider a fulfilling career in the disability sector.

I’m looking forward to attending next months Whyalla 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.

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, with up to 450 jobs likely to be created in the Eyre and Western region when the NDIS is rolled out at the start of next year.

Quotes attributable to Community Support CEO Emma Hinchey

Community Support Inc along with other disability support providers are struggling to source enough suitably qualified and experienced staff to meet the demands for support across the State but particularly in the regional areas.

We are encouraging people in the regions to consider the enormous personal fulfilment that a career in support work can bring.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Giles Eddie Hughes

I welcome the new jobs in the Disability sector.

The NDIS will deliver important tailored services and I look forward to a smooth transition.