The NDIS is a 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 have control over the care and support they need. This, in turn will create a huge 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 in order 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.