NDIS failing to meet workforce targets: Productivity Commission

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The $22B National Disability Insurance Scheme will face a shortage of workers and providers unless the Govt intervenes, according to a new Productivity Commission report.

Their report found that one in five new jobs in Australia over the next few years will need to be in disability.

Around 475,000 people are expected to rely on the scheme once it is fully rolled out in 2020.

The report made an array of draft recommendations to address the predicted shortfall in workers, including:

  • The Fed Govt oversee the developments of the workforce, including education, immigration and aged care policy, particularly the use of migrant workers to ease shortages
  • The NDIA to publish more detailed market position statements, including clients, providers and local govt spending
  • The NDIA to relax the guidelines on paying informal carers during the transition and making these payments accessible under public guidelines
  • The NDIA to also set a single rate determined by the NDIS regulator for these informal carers and the NDIS to review the measures as part of its planned reviews

The Commission is now looking for feedback on the recommendations until 12 July before its final report is released in September.

The question is now: will these workers come from aged care?

You can read the paper here.


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