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Project background

The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents the most significant 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 roll-out of the NDIS in Queensland through two specific projects:


  1. Building the NDIS workforce through traineeships
  2. The NDIS Workforce Research Project.

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 roll-out 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

The NDIS Workforce Research Project is establishing an overarching data framework to inform quantitative and qualitative data collection throughout 2019 to 2021.

Research undertaken using the framework will inform stakeholders in the skills ecosystem about how best to meet the jobs growth and skilling needs 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 August 2019, the Community Services Industry Alliance hosted workshops in Mackay and Townsville as part of this project, sharing insights into the research and connecting key local NDIS stakeholders. See the WorkAbility website for a summary of outcomes from these workshops.

Further regional forums will be held in south east Queensland in November 2019, with dates to be announced shortly. Visit the WorkAbility website for more information.

Last updated 18 December 2019