Gold Coast business and community leaders will come together today to discuss the economic and employment opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will bring to the region.
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said today’s NDIS discussions would help prepare for the economic development and employment opportunities that would come with the rollout of the NDIS on the Gold Coast.
“Once fully operational, the NDIS is expected to support more than 9000 people with disability in the Gold Coast transition area, making them a powerful consumer group, ” Mrs O’Rourke said.
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“Businesses need to prepare now for the many new opportunities this will bring.”
Mrs O’Rourke said the Gold Coast and surrounding hinterland would join the scheme from 1 July next year.
“We are expecting this will see between 1700 and 2050 additional jobs created in the wider transition area when the roll out is completed by 30 June 2019,” she said.
“By mid-2020 the Gold Coast transition area will be receiving more than $410 million to support those entitled to NDIS support.
“The opportunities for new businesses to emerge and for existing businesses to expand are immense as people with disability become empowered to participate more fully in every aspect of life.
“It’s not just additional jobs in the disability sector but a host of other areas like tourism, real estate and financial management that can benefit from the injection of NDIS funding.”
When fully implemented in 2019, the NDIS will inject approximately $4 billion of Commonwealth and State funds into the Queensland economy each year.