With the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), jobs growth is expected to surge across Tasmania, with 1750 new full-time jobs created in the next three years and $260 million in new economic activity generated.
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has recently released the Tasmanian Market Position Statement (MPS) to identify the benefits NDIS has for the state.
Christian Porter, minister for social services, said NDIS will provide huge opportunities for Tasmania:
“This world leading scheme is going to be one of the biggest job creators in Tasmania over [the] coming years with fantastic opportunities for business and job hunters.
“We anticipate there will be up to 600 new jobs created in Hobart, up to 500 in the North West, up to 250 in the North, and up to 200 in both the South and Launceston,” said Porter.
Jane Prentice, assistant minister for disability services, said the NDIS expansion would also spell benefits for the whole economy:
“The increased demand for quality; value-for-money services, new products, and technologies will not only benefit the existing sector, but also new enterprises.”
“In addition, participants will be seeing innovative and different types of services right across Tasmania.”
Prentice said the growth in demand for disability supports in Tasmania is expected to more than double to approximately $480 million by 2019.
“The NDIS will ultimately support about 10,600 people with disability in Tasmania,” she said.
“The increased demand for disability support will inject an additional $260 million into the local economy.”
David Bowen, NDIA CEO, said there will be a strong growth in participants and required workforce in the rural areas of Hobart and Launceston:
“It is also expected 40 per cent of NDIS participants in Tasmania will reside outside the urban regions of Hobart and Launceston, presenting new opportunities for service providers in rural and remote areas.”
“The market is already expanding and diversifying in response to new demand generated by participants.”
While developing the market will take time, Bowen said that already, they see it starting to respond and grow, with the number of NDIS providers in Tasmania increasing from 98 to 229 in over just two years.
Access the Tasmanian Market Positon statement on the NDIS website
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