On January 1, 2019, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) reached a milestone as it completed its rollout across Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria.
The NDIS has now fully rolled out in remaining regions within the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and the Goulburn, Mallee and Outer Gippsland regions in Victoria. The NDIS is also now available to Tasmanians living with a disability who are between 50 and 64 years old.
January 1, 2019 marks a halfway point for the NDIS, with more than 208,000 Australians living with a disability currently receiving an NDIS plan. Once the Scheme is fully implemented in 2020, it is expected to support approximately 460,000 people nationwide.
“The NDIS is life-changing and this milestone ensures all eligible [Australians] now have access to reasonable and necessary supports to ensure they can engage with and contribute to their communities,” said Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher.
The three states now join New South Wales, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory as states that have full access to the NDIS.
During its rollout, the NDIS has become a key contributor to a surge in job opportunities in the Australian disability sector. In late 2018, the Department of Jobs and Small Businesses predicted that the “aged and disabled carers” workforce will need to grow by 39.3% by May 2023.
Labour market analyst Ivan Neville points largely to the NDIS for the changing face of employment in Australia: “We are seeing the strongest employment growth in quite traditional service roles – an ageing population, the NDIS and increased demand for childcare is driving growth for carers across the board”.
Queensland is expected to see over 12,900 more job opportunities in the disability sector this year, while 10,500 jobs are forecast in Victoria and 1,000 in Tasmania. These jobs are expected to appear within support services across the country, including Mable, which has amassed over 3,000 independent disability and aged care support workers across the nation. If you’re interested in becoming an independent support worker, you can learn more and start the process here.
The January 1 NDIS rollout will inject $2.5 billion into the Victorian and Queensland economies, and $260 million into the Tasmanian economy.
The NDIS is continuing to enable choice and independence for people living with a disability across Australia by providing them access to necessary supports. More importantly, the NDIS empowers individuals to choose their own types of support and work directly with support platforms like Mable.