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New data confirms Adelaide’s northern suburbs will benefit most from the NDIS


New data released by the Commonwealth shows Adelaide's northern suburbs will be the major beneficiary of new disability-related employment.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), the federal body charged with delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), say up to 3500 people in Adelaide's northern suburbs will be employed in the disability sector by 2019.

The market position statement released by the NDIA aims to assist existing and new South Australian disability service providers to plan new employment opportunities in the sector over the next few years.

Key points from the NDIA's statement show:

  • As many as 12,550 NDIS funded jobs in SA once the full scheme is rolled out in 2019
  • Up to 3500 jobs in Adelaide's northern suburbs
  • Up to 2650 jobs in Adelaide's southern suburbs
  • Up to 1700 jobs in Adelaide's western suburbs.

For information about the Commonwealth's market position statement, visit


The NDIS will result in greater choice and control for South Australians living with disability.

In December 2015, the South Australian and Commonwealth governments signed the Bilateral Agreement for the full roll-out of the NDIS in South Australia from 2016.

This means that from 1 July 2018, the NDIS will be open to all eligible South Australians aged up to 65 years who have a significant or profound disability.

The market position statement released today was produced to help current and prospective providers of disability supports and services prepare for the opportunities that the NDIS will create in South Australia in the coming years.

Disabilities Minister Leesa Vlahos said:

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a major reform that will improve the way disability services are funded and delivered across South Australia.

This reform is excellent news for the 32,300 South Australians who will enter the scheme, as well as their families and carers. The NDIS will give them greater choice and more control of the services they receive.

It is also excellent news for the disability sector, with about 6000 new jobs expected to be created in South Australia to meet the significant increase in demand for disability services.

The market position statement confirms that the northern, southern and western Adelaide regions will see the largest increase in full-time jobs in the disability sector.

The NDIS will result in annual expenditure on disability services in South Australia increasing from $760 million currently to $1.5 billion by 2019.

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05 Jul 2018
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