Training in care for the disabled is increasing in Queensland, with the state government committing greater resources for people pursuing these qualifications.
This move comes as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moves closer to realisation, a project which will make it easier to support Australians living with a disability. As different jurisdictions embrace this initiative over the next two years, it should help create new opportunities within the care industry.
In fact, the state government estimates that Queensland will need 13,000 extra workers in the disability sector. Such a large increase will effectively double the number of people who are currently employed in this line of work across the state.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman suggested that this expansion would be essential to meet growth in the number of people who are receiving specialised care.
“The disability sector will double in Queensland, capturing twice the number of clients who receive specialist care, so it makes sense that the workforce will need to increase at the same rate,” Mr Newman said.
Disability services require concrete skills
With the NDIS being rolled out in Queensland in 2016, there is strong demand for disability care services to support forecast rises in the disabled population. As a result, initiatives are underway now to increase the number of people pursuing a level III certificate in disability support.
“These people will need appropriate skills and training, which is why the Government has prioritised training for certificate three courses in disability,” said Mr Newman. “The NDIS will be a huge opportunity for Queenslanders who are looking for work or a career change.”
For those seeking a traineeship in Queensland, they will be able to access government subsidies in order to help their studies. This level of support will make it easier to begin a career in this rapidly growing industry.
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis pointed to the value that this program would offer those who want to develop the foundation skills for this sector ahead of the 2016 NDIS roll out.
“Training and resources are available to disability services organisations and individuals, so they can develop their skills and capacity during this period before the NDIS commences,” said Ms Davis.
“The NDIS will be a monumental shift in the way disability services are delivered and we want Queenslanders to get ready and be as prepared as possible for its implementation.”