The NDIS National Workforce Plan (the Plan) recognises the need to build a responsive and capable disability workforce comprising primarily of disability support workers, nurses and allied health professionals.
Today 450,000 NDIS participants receive support from over 11,600 active NDIS providers employing around 270,000 workers across 20 occupations. By 2024, around 500,000 participants will require support from almost 353,000 workers.
In launching the Plan, the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said that "Participants will have access to higher quality support, improved service continuity, and a workforce that reflects the diversity of NDIS participants. Workers will benefit from improved training and access to professional development opportunities."
Governments, industry, peak bodies and workers will need to work together to:
- Support and retain existing workers
- Grow the workforce
- Maintain quality of participant supports delivered by workers
- Support sector efficiency and innovation
Sixteen initiatives grouped under 3 main priorities will be implemented by the Australian Government to support building a responsive and capable workforce.
Priority 1: Improve community understanding of the benefits of working in the care and support sector and strengthen entry pathways for suitable workers to enter the sector
Five initiatives form an integrated user journey to attract new workers with suitable values, attributes and skills to the care and support sector workforce
Priority 2: Train and support the NDIS workforce
Four initiatives will provide a stronger learning system and culture throughout the career of an NDIS worker
Priority 3: Reduce red tape, facilitate new service models and innovation, and provide more market information about business opportunities in the care and support sector
Seven initiatives have been identified to remove red tape, encourage new service models and improve market information to enable efficient operation
The above information is taken as an extract from the full NDIS National Workforce Plan.