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The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents the most comprehensive social policy reform in a generation and is anticipated to create a significant number of new jobs, spread across all regions of Queensland.

Jobs Queensland is investigating the skills demand and supply needs to meet the rollout of the NDIS in Queensland through two specific projects:


1. Building the NDIS workforce through traineeships:


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2. The NDIS Workforce Research Project: The first of three statewide NDIS workforce intelligence reports is currently in development, along with a series of region-specific reports.

Building the NDIS workforce through traineeships

Traineeships have traditionally provided an entry-level pathway for workers entering the disability sector. To support the rapid jobs growth from the rollout of the NDIS, many new workers will need to be trained on-the-job.

Jobs Queensland engaged WorkAbility Qld - a consortium of peak industry bodies - to deliver a research project investigating the role of traineeships in supporting skills growth for the NDIS workforce. The research report draws on literature reviews, employment and training data and stakeholder interviews, to develop strategies that help meet labour demand and ensure the workforce has the requisite skills.

The Building the NDIS workforce through traineeships report identifies 11 strategies to increase the usage of traineeships to support NDIS-related skills growth.

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The NDIS Workforce Research Project

Through the NDIS Workforce Research Project, quantitative and quantitative data on the NDIS Workforce in Queensland is being collected from 2019 to 2021.

This research will inform stakeholders in the skills ecosystem about how best to meet the jobs growth and skilling needs from the rollout of the NDIS and provide an input to Jobs Queensland’s advice to government on future skills needs.

Research is being conducted in several key regions across Queensland to provide insights to assess and respond to potential jobs growth, skills demand, skills gaps and supply issues resulting from the NDIS rollout across Queensland.

In late 2019, the Community Services Industry Alliance hosted workshops in Mackay, Townsville, Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba as part of this project. These workshops shared insights into the research with key local NDIS stakeholders and facilitated informative industry feedback on potential local workforce solutions.

For more information, visit the WorkAbility Queensland website.

Last updated 11 February 2020