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    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Careers Expo a one-stop-shop for jobseekers

    Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
    The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    Careers Expo a one-stop-shop for jobseekers

    Jobseekers will today flock to the Townsville Careers in Disability Expo to meet prospective employers and to learn how they can apply for hundreds of jobs available now under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said locals would have the opportunity to meet with up to 30 prospective employers and receive practical advice about pathways and training, as well as access to free career advice and seminars.

    “The start of the NDIS in Townsville means up to 950 extra jobs will be opening up over the next three years, and I want local people looking for work to jump on these opportunities,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “This expo is about connecting local job seekers directly with the organisations who need to expand their services and hire new staff to meet growing demand from the NDIS.

    “It will show jobseekers the current and future jobs available in and around Townsville and they can learn more about the range of jobs available in the disability sector – from entry-level positions through to professional roles.

    “There are also administration and management roles you would expect to find within any organisation including the areas of payroll, business development, customer service and service management.

    “This is great news for North Queensland and for people considering a career in the disability sector.”

    Minister O’Rourke said Queensland had also secured Commonwealth Government Sector Development Funding of $5.8 million to keep building the state’s readiness for the scheme.

    “We have been working hard over the past 18 months to ensure Queenslanders, regardless of where they live or their cultural background, are fully prepared and best placed to take advantage of the NDIS,” she said.

    “In fact, through our Participant Readiness Initiative, in partnership with community organisations, we have delivered almost 1400 workshops to more than 17,600 attendees.

    “This Commonwealth funding will further support our efforts by providing additional readiness activities to clients, carers, service providers and jobseekers across Queensland.”

    Paul Stephens, CEO of the Health and Community Services Workforce Council and a key member of the WorkAbility Qld consortium which helped organise the expo, said he was very pleased the event was such a success.

    “Entry-level positions to professional roles are available and there is plenty of scope for people at any stage in their life or career to find their perfect job within the disability sector,” said Mr Stephens.

    “It’s great to see local initiatives focused on attracting the right workforce with the right skills at the right time.”

    To find out about jobs and career pathways in the disability sector, visit www.carecareers.com.au.

    For further information on the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au or call the NDIA Hotline on 1800 800 110

    Media Contact:                                  Minister O’Rourke’s office                  3719 7170