A Shorten Labor Government will get the NDIS back on track by investing $40 million in local NDIS workforce trials and urgently developing a national NDIS workforce strategy.
A Shorten Labor Government will establish two-year local NDIS workforce trials in 2020 and 2021 to sustainably grow and maintain a skilled NDIS workforce. The trials will be flexible and place-based. They will be a partnership between people with disability, providers, TAFE, government and workers.
This plan will help locals get the skills they need to fill the 90,000 NDIS jobs that will be created in the next five years.
The NDIS workforce trials will have three components:
1. Ensuring NDIS workers have the foundation skills they need, with up to 3,000 training support payments of $2,000 for induction training.
2. Supporting NDIS workers to achieve Certificate III qualifications, with up to 2,000 training support payments of $4,000.
3. Providing a portable professional development entitlement for NDIS workers, with up to 5,000 training support payments of $750 per year, so people can take time off work to specialise and upgrade their skills.
The trials will establish the best flexible local solutions to skills shortages; gaps in the training curriculum and course availability; and barriers to getting the right people working in the NDIS.
Labor knows that making ends meet while training is one of the main barriers to people taking up NDIS job opportunities. This is true for people looking to start working in the sector for the first time; and for existing workers looking to upgrade their qualifications and specialise, often by studying and working part-time.
Students in the trials will not have out-of-pocket training costs because Labor will scrap up-front TAFE fees for 100,000 students, including 20,000 students studying to get skills for the NDIS and aged care.
The initial trial sites will be:
· Canberra – where the NDIS is creating between 1,000 and 1,200 new jobs.
· Townsville region – where the NDIS is creating between 800 and 950 new jobs.
· Joondalup – where the NDIS roll-out is just beginning and hundreds of new workers will be needed.
A Shorten Labor Government will work with state and territory governments to expand the workforce trial to other locations.
A Shorten Labor Government will also develop a comprehensive national NDIS workforce strategy. This will be done in partnership with people with disability, families and advocates; service providers; state and territory governments; TAFE; and workers.
A Shorten Labor Government will invest $40 million in building the NDIS workforce over the forward estimates.
We will pay for it by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.
Why is this needed?
Scott Morrison and the Liberals have short-changed the NDIS and the Australians who rely on it by delaying the rollout and capping staff in a bid to deliver a surplus.
The Liberals’ budget includes a $1.6 billion NDIS underspend next year alone. This is a direct result of their failure to deliver the NDIS as promised.
77,000 people are missing out on the NDIS and people are using just 50 per cent of their first NDIS plan, largely because local services and a trained workforce simply aren’t available.
The NDIS is creating one in five new jobs. Up to 90,000 extra NDIS workers will be needed over the next five years, with support workers making up over 70 per cent of these new jobs.
Over the last six years, the Liberals have failed to plan for the growing NDIS workforce. As a result, people with disability often cannot access the services they need, and locals are missing out on new job opportunities.
Labor’s plan will help:
· People with disability, their families and carers.
· NDIS workers and those wanting a rewarding job in disability care.