Coast jobs boom expected as disability sector expands

MORE than 1800 new jobs will be created in the disability sector in Maroochydore over the next five years, according to new figures released by the National Disability insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Nationally, it is expected the number of people working in disability care will double from about 70,000 today by 2020, under the NDIS.

Queensland State Manager at National Disability Services, Richard Nelson, said the jobs boom would be powered by demographics and the roll out of the NDIS - and it would drive demand for a more diverse range of jobs than people usually expected.

"The disability sector offers the kind of flexibility, support and job satisfaction that many people are now looking for in a fulfilling career," Mr Nelson said.

"The disability sector offers a broad range of career choices, from speech pathologists and occupational therapists to drivers, gardeners and IT professionals.

"The person-centric service delivery model for the NDIS will mean an even greater mix of jobs on offer, as people with disability choose for themselves the type of support that best suits them. In addition to the desire to participate in the workforce, their broader goals can encompass everything from cooking, social events, travelling to sailing.

"Students and young people, return-to-work parents and career changers will play a vital role in filling job vacancies and providing high-quality support services in the future.

"I urge anyone looking for job or career change to explore the exciting range of work and the meaningful careers available in the disability sector.

"You can find the latest jobs available on as well as helpful advice if you are new to the sector."

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