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NDIS jobs boost

Wednesday, 20th April, 2016

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka meeting with local disability providers yesterday. Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka meeting with local disability providers yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

The rollout of a disability scheme will see an additional 200 jobs in the region by 2018, according to the Minister for Disability Services and local MP.

The NSW Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka spoke about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at a morning tea at Algate House yesterday.

The minister and Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries met with disability service providers from around the city.

Mr Ajaka announced the first half of the rollout of NDIS from July 1, this year.

From 1 July 2017, the NDIS will be in place across the rest of NSW, and people living in Northern NSW, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW and Far West NSW will be able to access the NDIS.

Mr Ajaka believes the NDIS will bring about 30,000 jobs for the disability industry.

“It is a great opportunity for young people and seniors who will be able to train for these positions,” Mr Ajaka said.

“We are taking the appropriate action. I am well-aware of what’s continually needed around the state.”

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a reform that will improve the lives of people with disability in Australia.

People with disability will receive funding which will allow them to have the right to decide their own best interests, and to have choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive.

“In Broken Hill and the Far West region, this will be 200 added jobs and they will all be new positions,” Mr Humphries said.

“This will require substantial training.”

People who access specialist disability supports from time-to-time, or for a short amount of time each week will be able to access the NDIS throughout each of the two-year rollout periods. 

Mr Ajaka said no services would lose funding from the scheme roll-out.

“Funding will go directly to service providers and there will never be a situation where a person or service provider loses funding.

“There is funding in place.”

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