The services growing jobs for incoming NDIS
A RANGE of disability support providers will have to increase staff numbers to handle rising demand once the National Disability Insurance Scheme takes off.
SBCare CEO Cheryl Dalton said she had hired trainers to upskill her staff over the past three years.
"We're looking at different skills when we do our recruitment. It's about matching the needs of people with a disability with the right staff," she said.
"We've got a lot more younger people and it's really changed the diversity of the our workforce."
Today, 30per cent of the SBCare workforce is male, whereas three years ago it was 5per cent. At the same time there were no staff under 40 years old but now that demographic makes up about 40per cent of the work force.
In total, Ms Dalton hired an extra 20 people over the past three years in preparation for the NDIS roll out and while she said demand would prompt more hires she is unsure what that will look like.
"We'll just grow organically with the demand, it's not like it gets to July 1 and everybody gets an NDIS package," she said.
In Blackbutt, Johanna Leonhardsberger is looking to make her volunteer service professional. She runs Road of Recovery, a peer support mental health service from an office at the Blackbutt Medical Centre.
"We're in the process of the registering with the NDIS," she said.
Road of Recovery offers mental health advocacy, transport and shopping services, along with helping the people with acute
mental illness prepare paperwork.
"If people want to see me they need to put me on their plan, they'll pay a small fee and the NDIS will pay the rest."