In case you don’t know, the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is a new way that the Australian government is funding support for people with disability. When it’s fully rolled out, nearly 500,000 Australians with disability will be able access services in their communities (ndis.gov.au).
Many people will be accessing the specific support and services that they need for the very first time. This means that there will be an increased need for skilled disability workers who can support those with disability as required to live a full and active life.
How many jobs will be available?
An estimated 14,850 to 18,100 jobs will be created as the NDIS completes its rollout in 2019 to 2020. (NDIA)
The NDS 2018 Sector Report further explains that in the disability sector, growth has been particularly rapid. NDS workforce data for June 2018 showed a net growth rate for disability support workers of 2.5 per cent, which is equivalent to 10 per cent annually. This compares to an all-industry figure of 2.5 per cent over the past year.
And as Seek Insights said in 2018, the future and present employment prospects of thousands of Australians are being transformed by the NDIS, figures show. Disability care is taking the crown that once adorned the mining boom. As of February , the sector accounted for 13.7% of all employment – and is set to grow a further 16.1% over the next five years.
The government website, Job Outlook, confirms this for the role of disability workers showing with the following outlook:
What else is causing the rise in employment opportunities?
Along with the new funding made available through the NDIS, the current workforce in the disability sector is ageing.
As shown below (from Job Outlook), the average worker is 45 years old which means that new workers are required to replace those that retire or move on to jobs that are less physical.
The combination of the additional funding and the ageing workforce is therefore causing a rise in employment opportunites for the disability sector.ndis
Who can become a disability support worker?
Disability support work is not for everyone but it is definitely a job role that you can train for even if you have no previous experience.
As the NDS 2018 Sector Report states:
The most valuable lesson is that our support workers are great people with really good values. With exposure to excellent training opportunities, they’re able to move from being good support workers to excellent support workers.
The most common qualifications required are the Certificate III in Individual Support and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support.
Job Outlook shows that currently over 50% of the workforce in the sector have a Certificate III/IV already.
And being qualified will increasingly help support workers to stand out from unqualified workers in the sector and to provide excellent levels of care and support.
Where to from here?
If you’re not familiar with the role of a disability support worker, reading one of our other articles will make a good starting point for you:
- What is a support worker?
- Considering working with people with a disability?
- A day in my life as a support worker/carer
Free course guides are also available here:
And if you’ve decided that a career in disability support is for you and are ready to take the next step by enrolling in one of our accredited courses, contact one of our Course Advisors on 1300 275 282 for information on our classes in the western suburbs of Melbourne.