The NDIS is historic policy reform, equal to Medicare and compulsory Superannuation, which will ensure the most disadvantaged Australians receive support no matter how they acquire their disability.
The insurance-style model will allow people with a disability and their families to control the care and support they need. The NDIS, in turn, will create a vast new market in disability services which will require more skilled disability workers.
However, to ensure the sector becomes an industry of choice for new workers, we will need to ensure worker’s rights are protected and wages are above the minimum to retain experienced workers.
These benefits need to cover the whole workforce, including disability support workers, case managers, residential workers and day and recreational program workers.