Seasons Greetings to our WorkAbility E- News readers! 

As we conclude 2020, here at WorkAbility Qld we have been proud to see a number of Industry collaborations, public enquiries and initiatives taking place that will contribute to building tomorrow’s NDIS Workforce.

In 2021 we plan to bring you more important sector news and local-level workforce projects across Queensland PLUS opportunities for YOU to get involved!

In this edition of WorkAbility E-news we highlight new Job Trainer and Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) funding available, discuss the NDIS quarterly report release and feature our WorkAbility Qld visit to FNQ.  

Wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, 
The WorkAbility Consortium
Job Trainer Funding Has Arrived! 

Funding support available for Job Seekers! The Australian and Queensland Governments are investing $200 million to deliver additional training places in short courses, certificate and diploma qualifications to Queensland job seekers, school leavers and young people.


Fee-free training is available for a range of short courses and certificates with low-fee training of no more than $400 available for higher level qualifications.

Training places are aimed at helping to provide the skills that people need to find work, re-enter the labour market or explore new work opportunities as Queensland’s economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.


Supports Coordinator Workshop in February 
Calling all Support Coordinators! A three-day course is being delivered by The Growing Space on behalf of WorkAbility Qld in February 2021. 

The course is for people working with disability service organisations, sole traders or people working independently and people providing support coordination / and or specialist support coordination. 

Course content explores more than eleven key topics from Human Right and legislation to psychosocial disability and is funded by the Queensland Department of Employment Small Business and Training (DESBT).
Public Hearing: Inquiry into the NDIS Market in QLD

Make sure you have your say towards the Queensland Productivity Commission inquiry into the NDIS market in Queensland.


The QPC recently released its draft report and public hearings are scheduled for 5 and 8 February.  All stakeholders are invited to register to attend the public hearings, either to respond to the draft report and discuss inquiry issues, or simply to observe the proceedings. Stakeholders can attend the hearings in person in Brisbane or online.


The Commission is also inviting submissions due by 4 February 2021. Further information on making a submission is available on our website. The final report will be submitted to the Queensland Government on 30 April 2021.

Workability Qld Visits Far North Queensland
WorkAbility Qld is delivering several local-level projects in Far North Queensland. As a result project team members met with the Cairns-based Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DEBST) in November. 

The Project Team showcased some of the initiatives taking place in the Far North Queensland region to boost the NDIS Workforce as part of the NTSSS and Common Induction for NDIS Workers Micro Credential Projects.

Workability Queensland is funded by the DESBT and is delivering a number of dedicated projects across various strategies for the region. 


Free Infection Control Training! 
Ready your staff for 2021 with free Infection Prevention and Control Training for Disability and Aged Care Workers.

TAFE Queensland is delivering the Infection and Prevention Control (IPC) Training at various locations around Queensland and can deliver dedicated courses for larger organisations with 15 or more staff wanting to attend.

The training initiative is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Government to support COVID-19 preparedness in the aged care (residential aged care facilities and community care) and non-government disability services.

Boost Your Apprentices and Trainees 

Great news for employers! The Federal Government recently announced it will subsidise half the wages of new apprentices and trainees.

The measure commenced in October as part of a COVID-19 economic recovery plan and is designed to support employers to engage more apprentices and trainees.

The subsidy, Under the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) scheme, supports eligible employers for 50% of the wages for a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee.

It applies for the period up to 30 September 2021, up to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.

Did you know 83,292 participants have entered the NDIS Scheme since July 2013 and currently reside in Queensland? Of these, this quarter:
•  16,860 plans have been reviewed
•  5,274 have entered the Scheme
•   608 (11.5%) identified as Indigenous, taking the total number of Indigenous participants in Queensland to 7,151 (9.1%).
•   338 (6.4%) are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) taking the total number of CALD participants in Queensland to 4,344 (5.5%).

Keeping abreast of the latest NDIS statistics is important to inform your workforce or business strategy. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) publishes a quarterly report, available on its website. The reports contain up to date information and breakdown of participants in each state as well as the funding or provision of supports by the NDIA in each jurisdiction.

Information provided in the NDIS Quarterly Reports supports findings produced in the six regional NDIS Workforce Research Project, published this year.
The research project led by WorkAbility Qld looks at the impact of the NDIS since its rollout in 2016 across Queensland and makes predictions and recommendations for the disability sector in each region.
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