The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide people with choice and control over what, how, when and where their supports are provided.
The NDIS is being rolled out by one national agency – the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). In Queensland, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) is coordinating the transition to the NDIS with other Queensland Government departments.
The transition to the NDIS will be a gradual process, with the scheme rolled-out across Queensland over three years from mid-2016.
Three early launch sites in North Queensland started transitioning ahead of the phased implementation. From early 2016, children and young people aged under 18 years in Townsville and Charters Towers, and all eligible people with disability on Palm Island will be the first Queenslanders with disability to access the NDIS.
Once fully implemented, around 97,000 Queenslanders with disability are expected to be supported under the NDIS, with the state's workforce expanding by approximately 13,000 additional jobs.
See below for more information.
Training provider fact sheet – Disability sector reform: What the NDIS means for training providers (PDF, 297KB or
Disability careers fact sheet – Disability sector careers: Training for working in the NDIS new world (PDF, 265KB or
Disability service provider fact sheet – Disability sector training: Supporting skilled local workforces (PDF, 280KB or
It is important that solutions to grow disability sector workforces are appropriate for local needs. Your organisation will have the opportunity to train a diverse workforce to provide the services and supports that local people with disability will want to purchase.
The majority of the new roles created through the NDIS will be in the non-government sector. An
NDIS workforce strategy for non-government organisations has been developed through a consortium of peak bodies, including the Health and Community Services Workforce Council, Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS), Community Services Industry Alliance and National Disability Services (NDS). The aim of this strategy is to support the sector in strategically preparing workforces for NDIS implementation.
The NDIS will bring about wide-ranging changes for disability service providers in terms of the types of jobs and skills required. Needs are expected to extend across business management and service provision, with increased focus on areas like customer service, workforce flexibility, innovation and technology.
NDIS trial site findings from other states suggest that sector jobs and training pathways are diverse. Occupations include support workers, allied health professionals, support coordinators, managers and administrators, local area coordinators, planners and assessors.
Training providers and prospective disability sector workers will need to understand the
NDIS intent and operational approach.
Early findings from NDIS trial sites suggest that NDIS participants are seeking workers with values and attributes they can relate to. This means demand for workers from a variety of backgrounds, who reflect the demographic diversity of clients, and demonstrate values that put people with disability at the centre of decision-making.
Inclusive practices in training are critical towards ensuring this workforce diversity and value base is achieved.
For prospective disability sector workers,
CareCareers, a not-for-profit initiative, has information for people thinking about entering disability, aged care and community services fields, including a career quiz.
Workers in the disability sector must also meet
regulatory requirements. In Queensland, workers currently require a
Blue Card (working with children and young people) and/or a
Yellow Card (working with adults with disability). It is recommended that, as a training provider, you confirm prospective students can meet regulatory requirements at the pre-enrolment stage.
NDIS Training and Skills Support Strategy
A high quality, accessible and responsive vocational education and training (VET) system is essential to support the rapid jobs growth and the quality of workforce required to meet the needs of NDIS participants across Queensland.
The NDIS Training and Skills Support Strategy (NTSSS) is an industry-led, multifaceted approach to developing a quality workforce, and represents an additional $5 million investment over three years for targeted training, support and workforce development activities.
The WorkAbility Queensland consortium has developed the NTSSS, in partnership with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, and will provide the leadership for the NTSSS.
WorkAbility Queensland comprises of the following organisations:
- Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council)
- National Disability Services (NDS)
- Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA)
- Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS).
The NTSSS will address a range of training and skills objectives including supporting the optimum use of current programs and government investment under the
Annual VET Investment Plan
and the supply of skilled staff to meet demand for labour from NDIS providers in Queensland's regions.
Future updates on the NTSSS, including projects planned for implementation in Year 1 (2018), will be published on this page.
For an overview of the NTSSS, see the NDIS Training and Skills Support Strategy fact sheet (PDF, 366KB or DOCX, 266KB).
The majority of subsidised training is currently managed through demand-driven funding arrangements under the Queensland Government’s
Annual VET Investment Plan. The plan enables the government to respond to evolving training and skilling needs, as identified by industry.
Queensland Training Subsidies List contains the qualifications and skill sets that attract a government subsidy, while the
User Choice Qualification and Price List details subsidised apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications. Both lists contain training applicable to the disability sector workforce, including the
Certificate III in Individual Support – the starting point for many, but not all, community services industry employees.
Queensland Government subsidised training is only available through registered training organisations approved as Queensland pre-qualified suppliers (PQS).
PQS must demonstrate the training being delivered is responsive to skills needs identified by industry and employers. By maintaining strong industry and employer networks, PQS:
- deliver training that directly links to local job vacancies and employment outcomes
- facilitate vocational or work placements
- support students to transition into the workforce or advance in their chosen career.
Each PQS is assessed on successful training completions and whether the training resulted in graduates achieving a measurable employment outcome, enrolment in further higher level training or career progression.
As disability service providers adapt to the NDIS and new providers enter the market, there is benefit in PQS meeting with local National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) staff (once established) and other key staff in disability service organisations regularly to ensure emerging needs are appropriately met. NDIS disability service provider forums will progressively occur in local areas in line with transition arrangements and provide further opportunity to make connections.
Learn more about
becoming a PQS.
Regardless of whether a person is eligible for the NDIS or not, training providers continue to have an obligation to make reasonable adjustment for people with disability under the
Disability Standards for Education 2005.
Under the standards, an
adjustment refers to a measure or action (or a group of measures or actions) by an education provider that assists a student with disability to access services on the same basis as a student without disability, including to:
- apply for admission or enrolment
- participate in a course or program
- use facilities or services.
An adjustment may include an aid, facility or service that the student requires and is considered
reasonable if it balances the interests of all affected parties.
PQS must maintain compliance with all relevant federal and state policies and guidelines, this includes:
The department applies the following inclusive practices to support learners with disability:
Skills Disability Support, a targeted initiative providing specialised technology and services to PQS to assist their learners with disability to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications
- higher concessional subsidies to encourage people with disability to undertake vocational qualifications
- skills development projects for disadvantaged job seekers funded by the
Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative
foundation skills training to ensure Queenslanders enrolling in vocational qualifications are equipped with the required language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills.
Queensland Skills Gateway allows Queenslanders to search and browse VET information, including available courses, training providers, government funding and career pathways. It also includes a tool to check eligibility for government
subsidised training in Queensland.
The gateway can assist you when working with individual learners and organisations with workforce development needs.
For general NDIS information, news and enquiries, visit the
NDIS website, subscribe to the national NDIS
e-newsletter and call the NDIS hotline on 1800 800 110.
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services website to find out about Queensland's NDIS preparations, access the
Queensland NDIS events calendar,
sign up to the NDIS e-blast, read
Queensland specific NDIS factsheets or
frequently asked questions.
For more information on training in Queensland and to contact your regional training office,
make an enquiry or call 1300 369 935.
Disclaimer: The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training was recently established. Publications will be updated with its new name in the future.