Disability Workforce Hub

RDA Murraylands and Riverland has secured the contract to be the NDIS hub for the region, and is helping job seekers and businesses in the region to capitalise on the many economic opportunities the new disability funding will offer.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promotes independence and choice for people with a disability, enabling them to control which organisations they receive services from via an online system.

Essentially, NDIS is transforming the disability sector into a competitive, consumer driven market.

On 1 October 2017, this new, insurance-based model of disability funding was introduced to the Murraylands and Riverland.

People with a disability can now apply to be assessed for NDIS funding eligibility, and eligible individuals will then be assessed by a planner to determine the quantity and areas of funding they are eligible for.

The number of people receiving disability support in the Murraylands and Riverland is expected to more than double over the next two years as a result of the NDIS, bringing an estimated $50 million in extra funding for disability services to the region.

That extra demand is expected to increase local full-time job opportunities in the industry from 250-300 jobs to 500-650.

There are also significant opportunities for individuals to create their own microbusinesses to provide disability services, and for growth in areas like tourism, with NDIS participants being offered funding for respite that could be spent in the region.

As the regional NDIS hub, operating from our offices in Berri and Murray Bridge, RDAMR is offering support for the disability sector as it transitions to the new system.

NDIS Workforce Project Manager Melissa Taylor explains that her role includes “connecting jobseekers looking to gain employment in the disability sector with employers and with potential training options to upskill themselves.”

“I will be meeting with service providers to determine what qualifications, values and experience they are looking for in their staff, and liaising with training providers to identify who is offering the required training.”

“I am also looking for opportunities to strategically prepare both the region and service providers for the NDIS, and to ensure that the region has the chance to benefit and thrive from the economic opportunities that the NDIS presents.”

Disability service providers, and job seekers looking to start a career in the sector, are encouraged to contact RDAMR to discuss their workforce development and training needs.