On the 14th of February, Martin Hoffman, the CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency, gave a speech to the Council for Economic Development Australia (CEDA). In his speech, Mr Hoffman made reference to the important role of innovative and online platforms in meeting consumer needs in the disability sector. In his speech, Mr Hoffman highlighted the growth of Mable:
“Since the start of the Scheme, 13,986 providers have supported participants. For example, there have been a range of new providers have entered the disability market including platforms to match NDIS participants with support workers such as HireUp, Mable, Home Care Heroes and CareSeekers.
These different platforms engage support workers in different ways, some employ support workers directly and others provide access to workers who have set themselves up as independent contractors.
In many cases, supports engaged via online platforms are at a discount to the standard NDIS price guide, because the online platform provides savings to the service provider from reduced overhead costs and advantages from technology. This means more support hours for less money for the NDIS participant.
Mable for example raised $15 million in venture capital funding to further develop the marketplace to meet growing consumer need. The business has grown 140% in their last year alone, and since they launched, they have facilitated more than two million hours of support care, with more than 5600 active carers on their books.”
To read the entirely of Mr Hoffman’s speech, please click here.