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Disability Workforce Hubs are unique to South Australia. The Hubs are hosted by a community based organisation or RDA to provide a regional base/shopfront and a Hub/Employment Coordinator resource in six regions. These Hubs have been established by the State Government to support the State’s transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is expected to create up to 6,000 jobs across the State and double the investment in supports for South Australians with disability.
Each Hub has an employment coordinator who helps identify local workforce needs and opportunities, and coordinates programs, projects and services in partnership with local employers and businesses, employment service providers, training providers and councils in their respective regions. Four programs will be coordinated through the Hubs:
- Funding for industry-specific Jobs First Employment Projects to meet the needs of disability sector employees who have identified job opportunities
- Additional career services to highlight the diverse employment and training opportunities available to jobseekers in the disability sector
- Support of higher education partners to deliver clinical placement opportunities that service the needs of the community and prepare students for careers in the industry
- Provide workforce development opportunities for new and existing disability sector workers to increase capabilities of individuals and organisations.
Career Partners Plus Inc is a not-for-profit organisation based in Southern Adelaide which delivers a range of services and initiatives that support career development to jobseekers and others considering a career change. Visit careerpartnersplus.org.au for more information or call (08) 7231 5067.
Career Partners Plus employs professional, qualified and experienced Career Practitioners who provide a range of services including; individual career exploration and guidance, development of a solid career plan, identifying skills and experiences and matching them to industry needs, preparation or updating of resume, help with application letters and interview skills. Visit careerpartnersplus.org.au for more information or (08) 7231 5067.
Each Hub has an employment coordinator who helps identify local workforce needs and opportunities, and coordinates programs, projects and services in partnership with local employers and businesses, employment service providers, training providers and councils in their respective regions.
There is no cost to access the Disability Workforce Hub services. Contact Lisa Thomas, Southern Hub Coordinator, (08) 7231 5067, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The NDIS will result in a significant jobs boost in South Australia, as well as greater choice and control for people living with disability. Jobs growth is expected be to up to 6,000 new full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in the disability sector when the NDIS is fully operational across the State from July 2018; almost double current FTEs (2016). Jobs in other areas are also expected to increase as a flow-on result of the broad range of services and supports that NDIS clients will be able to access.
Visit www.carecareers.com.au to find out more about the range of roles that will become available across the community care sector – from Support Workers to IT Workers, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Drivers, Managers and more.
For more information about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au/sa
The workforce required for this increase in demand is estimated to grow from 5,650 to 6,900 full time workers in 2013 to 10,250 to 12,550 full time workers in 2019.
|Current workforce 2013 / 2014||Future workforce 2018 / 2019|
|5,650 to 6,900||10,250 to 12,550|
More direct care workers needed
Full time workers will be needed in three fields:
- Allied Health
- Planners and Facilitators
- Direct Care Workers.
Of these three fields, the greatest demand is for direct care workers including community and mental health nursing (for South Australia, and both Southern Adelaide and the Fleurieu/Kangaroo Island regions).
Southern Adelaide (metropolitan)
The workforce required for this increase in demand is estimated to grow from 1,550 to 1,900 full time workers in 2013 to 2,150 to 2,650 full time workers in 2019.
More direct care workers needed
Workers will be needed in a broad range of occupations including; direct support and allied health (including supported independent living), management and administration, health and research, human resources, IT, transport and fitness.
The three main fields with highest demand for workers are; direct care workers (including personal support), allied health professionals, planners and facilitators.
Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
The workforce required for this increase in demand is estimated to grow from 150 to 200 full time workers in 2013 to 300 full time workers in 2019.
Thanks to funding support from the State Government, Career Partners Plus can provide a range of career services and support to eligible jobseekers.
It is likely you will be able to access this service if you are:
- A jobseeker – unemployed or under employed (working part-time)
- Aged 17 or over and not enrolled at school or in full-time study/training
- At risk of retrenchment
- Returning to the workforce
- Living in one of the following Local Government Areas;
Southern Adelaide – Marion, Onkaparinga, Mitcham, Holdfast Bay
Fleurieu Peninsula – Alexandrina, Victor Harbor, Yankalilla
Career Partners Plus can provide career services on a fee for service basis to people who are employed or still at school. Contact a Career Consultant to discuss your needs on (08) 7231 50567.
- Every Australian Counts – How the NDIS process works (for clients with disability)
- NDIS – The site for everything you want to know about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
- Carecareers – A non-profit initiative that aims to attract talented people from all backgrounds to work in the disability, community and aged care sector. This site has all the information and job opportunities you will need for a rewarding career.
- Care Quiz – Take this quick and fun career quiz to see if working in this sector is right for you.
- My Support Choice – There are a range of initiatives to support job seekers who want to work in the disability sector. You can get more information and assistance about jobs and training.
- Career Partners Plus – host the Southern Disability Workforce Hub, and provide a range of career development services and support.
- My Skills – An on-line database of Vocational Education and Training options, including information about providers, courses, outcomes and fees.
- My Future – An online career exploration service which includes information on a range of career-related topics.
- Training.gov.au – Information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
Skills & Employment Infoline – Call 1800 506 266, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Can help you find the information you need on careers, jobs and training in the disability sector.
- Find out more about the NDIS in your region: