NDIS needs 13,000 more workers to provide care and support

AS the state prepares for a "jobs explosion" in the disability services sector, Queenslanders in regional areas have been asked to begin skilling themselves.

Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said Queensland would need 13,000 more Queenslanders working in the sector to provide increased level of care and support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

She said the government was progressing in a "calm, considered manner to ensure clients have unbroken continuity and are prepared to take advantage when the scheme is fully operational".

"With twice as many Queenslanders receiving specialist care under the NDIS, Queensland will need a workforce that is trained and ready to go for the full rollout in 2019," she said.

"That means building the workforce must start now.

"We will need to support Queenslanders with a disability, as well as their families and their carers, across the entire state.

"I encourage all members to spread the message that there will jobs available in the disability sector.

"These jobs will be in the south-east corner, regional centres as well as remote and discrete communities.

"The disability sector is set for a jobs explosion and Queenslanders should consider a fulfilling career in this growing and vibrant sector."

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