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

    NDIS to bring even more new jobs to Queensland

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

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    NDIS to bring even more new jobs to Queensland

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to create a jobs boom for Queensland, with the latest estimates showing the scheme would require a disability sector workforce of up to 36,000 jobs, more than initial estimates.  

    Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the first Queensland NDIS Market Position Statement (MPS) released by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) yesterday showed jobs growth was likely to exceed the original estimate of 13,000 new disability jobs state-wide, which was forecast by the Productivity Commission.

    “The NDIS is expected to double the number of people with disability receiving services and support in Queensland to more than 90,000,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

    “This creates huge demand in the market for disability jobs, as well as flow on benefits to areas like tourism, transport and more,” she said.

    “This is a massive boost for Queensland, which will see the biggest increase in market size of the three eastern states.

    “Areas such as Bundaberg, Logan and Redlands, Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg will be leading the way in jobs growth, but the benefits will extend across the whole state.

    “Once the NDIS rollout is complete, it will inject around $4 Billion into our state economy every year.

    “Creating jobs is the number one priority for the Palaszczuk Government, so I’m thrilled the NDIS will greatly improve support for people with disability while also creating thousands of new jobs.”

    The MPS contains point-in-time information to assist service providers and clients to understand the emerging consumer-led disability sector market in Queensland.

    Mrs O’Rourke said the statement analysed projected demand for NDIS-funded supports and services across Queensland and used information and data from the early launch site in North Queensland.

    “Preparations are well underway for the full NDIS rollout in Queensland which will start in July. 

    “We have already seen the first families accessing NDIS packages in the North Queensland early launch site and we’re learning from their experiences. 

    “The NDIS will bring greater choice and control for people with disability about the way they live their lives and receive support, and I’m pleased we’re delivering that already in North Queensland – with many more Queenslanders to follow.” 

    For information on the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au or call the NDIA on 1800 800 110. People with hearing or speech loss can call TTY 1800 555 677.

    For information on Queensland NDIS preparations visit www.qld.gov.au/ndis or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

    Media Contact:                                  Minister O’Rourke’s office                  3719 7184