The healthcare sector continues to be Australia’s biggest employer, according to SEEK Managing Director, Kendra Banks.

“There are a real variety of roles within both healthcare and community services that are experiencing significant growth thanks to our ageing population, as well as the rise of chronic diseases which require ongoing healthcare management and support’, said Banks (www.agedcaresite.com.au, post May 18)

This upward trend across all Australian states, except Tasmania and the Northern Territory has resulted in more positions both in the metropolitan and regional areas.

The growth in the community services sector is also attributed to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as it has been rolled out across Australia.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme Act became legislation in March 2013 with the objective to support eligible participants to maximise their capacity for independence and social and economic participation. The NDIS provides support for people with disability, their families and carers, in order that people with disability can experience lives of choice, control and dignity.

Since the initial trials of the NDIS in regions of the Hunter (NSW) and Barwon (VIC), and in the states of South Australia and Tasmania in 2013, the NDIS has been rolled out: in the ACT, Barkly (NT) and in the Perth Hills (WA) in 2013,in the Nepean Blue Mountains (NSW) in 2015 and in Northern Queensland in 2016.

From 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018, the NDIS was introduced progressively in all Australian states and territories (except Western Australia). The WA State Government delivered a version of the NDIS under the My Way banner.

From 1 July 2018, the National Disability Insurance Agency will assume responsibility for the delivery of the NDIS in West Australia.

West Australian participants of the NDIS trial and rollout, including Ashburton, Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, East Pilbara, Halls Creek, Port Hedland, Wyndham-East Kimberley and Karratha, Mandurah, Rockingham, Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Busselton, Donnybrook-Balingup, Manjimup, Nannup, Cockburn, Kwinana, Armadale, Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale, will transfer to the NDIS by December 2018 under national guidelines.

The overall NDIS objective is to first determine a participant’s eligibility and then to develop a plan that both specifies individual goals and individual aspirations but also utilises existing informal, community and mainstream supports.

The plan must include the current living arrangements, informal community supports and also current social and economic participation.

After that, if additional funding supports are required they are funded by the NDIS. Each plan requires a review date to analyse the outcomes of the NDIS funding and to set a new plan accordingly against shifting priorities and objectives.

It is projected that by 2019, over 460,000 people with disability nationwide will be supported through the NDIS.

The NDIS is the greatest social reform since Medicare and with it comes a raft of policy, procedures and protocols.

One area that is yet to be addressed is the national requirement of individual support workers to hold nationally endorsed qualifications in the disability sector. It is mandatory in the aged care sector that all workers must hold a CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support or the now superseded CHC30212 Certificate in Aged Care and/or CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care.

By 2030, all eligible people across West Australia will be able to join the nationally-delivered NDIS Scheme. For more information see: www.ndis.gov.au

For more information regarding training for aged care and disability workers contact Tony Sommerville on 1300 177 337