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Around 6300 new jobs for South Australians as part of the NDIS


The National Disability Insurance Scheme will result in a significant jobs boost in South Australia, as well as greater choice and control for people living with disability.

Premier Jay Weatherill said around 6300 new jobs would be created in the disability sector when the NDIS is fully operational from July 2018, following the historic signing of the bilateral agreement between the South Australian and Commonwealth governments.

"More than 1700 new jobs will be in Adelaide's northern suburbs, providing employment in a region impacted by recent and forecast closures in the automotive industry," Mr Weatherill said.

"Some people have already transitioned into disability care and the NDIS will provide many more opportunities for those who work in declining industries.

"Working in the disability sector is a fulfilling career choice, where you can positively influence a person life and help promote their independence and dignity.

"The increased workforce will provide support to more than 32,000 South Australians in the NDIS when it is fully implemented from July 2018."

New opportunities will be available in a range of disability jobs across South Australia, and will include approximately:

  • 1600 organisational support positions
  • 1500 personal assistants to people with disability
  • 900 allied health therapists
  • 800 case managers
  • 600 local area coordinators
  • 550 mental health nurses
  • 400 support workers and direct care workers.

Disabilities Minister Tony Piccolo said the agreement went beyond just being excellent news for South Australians with disability, their families and carers.

"The NDIS is major reform that is changing the way disability services are funded and delivered across Australia," Mr Piccolo said.

"When the NDIS is fully operational, the SA disability workforce is expected to increase from about 5000 currently to more than 11500, to provide the necessary support for people with disabilities.

"This will include at least 1700 jobs in Adelaide's north, and 1300 in southern Adelaide."

Uniting Communities Chief Executive Simon Schrapel said the full roll out of the NDIS not only delivered much needed certainty for those living with a disability, but also an economic and jobs boost for South Australia.

"To help people with disability to achieve their aspirations will drive new jobs from caring and support workers to social work, allied health, administration and co-ordination roles," Mr Schrapel said.

"We now have a platform and confidence to undertake significant workforce planning and training to support the NDIS in our state."

Novita Children's Service Chief Executive Officer Glenn Rappensberg said the NDIS is creating exciting opportunities for children and adults with disability, their families and carers, and the community as a whole, through the expanding number and variety of jobs emerging across South Australia.

"Since the start of the trial, staff numbers at Novita have grown by 30 per cent. This has been essential to provide the increased quantity and range of services that NDIS participants are requesting," Mr Rappensberg said.

"The NDIS is triggering wide scale change across the disability support and service sector. Staff are now working in an environment where they can be innovative and tailor the supports they provide to meet a child's or parent's evolving goals and aspirations.

"At Novita, we are preparing to recruit more allied health and disability support worker staff in the New Year, so that we can enable more children and young adults to discover their abilities and reach the potential."

Lighthouse Disability Chief Executive Officer Marj Ellis said as their business expands with the rollout of the NDIS, they expect to employ more staff for their adult and children's services.

"We employ people with values that are aligned to our business, and ensure access to training in disability to enable staff to develop the confidence and skills that they need," Ms Ellis said.

"We have successfully employed people from a wide range of backgrounds, like the automotive sector, a delivery driver, a beauty therapist and a security officer.

"Staff from these backgrounds are very positive about working with people with a disability because they know that they make a difference to the quality of their lives, and they value the opportunity to work as a member of a team where they feel supported.

"Aside from the rewards that come from working with people, they can also see career pathway opportunities."

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Estimated new jobs under fully operational NDIS by South Australian Government Regions (FTEs)

Northern Adelaide 1,750

Eastern Adelaide 478

Southern Adelaide 1,307

Western Adelaide 808

Adelaide Hills 179

Barossa, Light and Lower North 251

Eyre and Western 226

Far North 100

Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island 187

Limestone Coast 239

Murray and Mallee 324

Yorke and Mid North 411

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