Jobs boost to come from NDIS rollout

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

More than 1650 jobs are expected to be created across Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast when the NDIS is rolled out.

The Bundaberg and Maryborough service regions are expected to require the largest proportional workforce increase, as the current estimated workforce is less than 40 per cent of the estimated NDIS workforce.

These figures are part of a new analysis of the NDIS in Queensland, the Market Position Statement, released by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said the report confirms that the NDIS will not only transform the lives of tens of thousands of Queenslanders but also support jobs.

“We expect that the disability services market in Queensland will grow from around $1.8 billion at present to approximately $4.3 billion in 2020,” Mr Porter said.

“The NDIS will inject $2.5 billion into the Queensland economy and double the disability services workforce. While it represents a big win for people living with disabilities, it will also benefit the entire state.”

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the number of people receiving disability support in the Bundaberg region is forecast to grow from 1500 to 3300 (120%) and in the Maryborough region from 2200 to 5100 – 132%.

“This growth will, in turn, generate jobs, fuel innovation and increase investment,” he said.

More than 600 jobs are expected to be created in the Bundaberg region and 1050 in the Maryborough region.

“This report shows that the NDIS will make a significant difference to the local economy,” Mr Pitt said.

The Market Position Statement aims to share information about the NDIS with the marketplace, helping providers to make business decisions about how they can best meet the needs of people living with disability.

The NDIS will become available in Bundaberg from 1 October 2017. Bundaberg covers the local government area of Bundaberg.

The NDIS will become available in Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg from 1 July 2018. This covers the local government areas of Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett and South Burnett.

The full report can be found at:

http://www.ndis.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/Market%20Position%20Statement/FINAL%20QLD%20MPS.pdf

NOTE: Under the NDIS, Queensland has been split up into 13 ‘service regions’ using existing  Queensland disability sub/regional areas. The Maryborough service region covers all of Fraser Coast, as well as North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg.

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