Valerie Horton

NDIS roll-out will create more jobs

UP TO 300 jobs in disability services could be created in the Wide Bay Burnett once the National Disability Insurance Scheme is rolled out.

While the federally funded program will not be available in the Fraser Coast for another two years, Maryborough Chamber of Commerce president Lance Stone (pictured) said he expected the disability sector on the Fraser Coast to grow.

This is based on an increase in work opportunities in Townsville, where the NDIS was rolled out in January, he said.

"There is management and administration roles, there is a whole range (of jobs)," he said.

The NDIS will mean more individualised care for those who need it the most.

Those wanting to benefit from the scheme will be assessed on the support they receive, with plans tailored to help them achieve their goals.

Training organisations, such as the Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre in Maryborough, which will train jobseekers in disability support services, are set to benefit from student enrolments.

"For us, it is a whole new developing sector because of the Federal Government," Mr Stone said.

"We are providing the skilling for those who want to work in that sector, so they are appropriately skilled in this area."

A future increase of between 200 to 400 jobs in the region could mean a drop in unemployment figures - currently, there are more than 5000 jobseekers on the Fraser Coast, Mr Stone said.

"Job creation doesn't have to be on the same scale as in the bigger cities," he said.

He said the NDIS could mean "brilliant" news for the region.

Choice Passion Life chief executive Angela Tillmans said it was important for the future workforce to upskill ahead of the NDIS rollout.

"A career in the disability sector is perfect for anyone who is looking to do something different, and more meaningful, than the average nine-to-five desk job," she said.

"The work we do is rewarding and certainly worth considering for people interested in being part of a sector that makes a real difference."

She said CPL, through Mylestones Training, offered qualifications to those wanting to assist others to become more independent.

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