The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the lives of Victorians with disability, and the lives of their families and carers.
Victoria has always been a leader in disability support, but the quality of our services is only as good as the quality of our people. We are incredibly grateful to have one of the most highly skilled disability workforces in the country, made up of thousands of caring individuals who work tirelessly to support other people achieve their goals.
As the NDIS rolls out across the state, there will be a huge opportunity for the disability sector as demand grows for high-quality, innovative and personalised support. For the workforce, this means developing skills and working in new ways that challenge workers to reach their potential.
At the same time, the introduction of the national scheme is a time of unprecedented change for the sector. Disability workers must be supported to build the capabilities required to thrive in the new NDIS environment.
The sector must also be equipped to change to a more flexible service delivery environment where there are good jobs with fair conditions and better pay. This plan is about getting our workforce ready for the NDIS and laying the foundations needed to build the workforce of the future. It is supported by a $26 million* investment package that will transform the workforce in terms of its size, composition and capability.
Most importantly, this plan will make sure Victorians with disability are supported by a skilled and committed workforce that provides the support they need to pursue their goals and live better lives.
Minister Foley MP
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing