Monday, July 25th, 2011 - carecareers
Later this year the Federal Government will decide if they will support a change to the way Australia funds and manages its disability and community care system.

The Productivity Commission, the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on issues affecting the welfare of Australians, undertook a public inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme and the feasibility of a National Disability Insurance Scheme – the NDIS. At the end of July the Productivity Commission will submit their final report to the Government on the findings of its inquiry.

The Commission released its draft report into disability care and support on 28th February 2011. The report recommended the NDIS as a means of increasing funding, and making the system fairer and more efficient.

Patricia Scott from the Productivity Commission has outlined the findings from the draft report and stated "The key problems the commission has identified with the current arrangements are that they are underfunded, unfair, fragmented and inefficient. We've used the phrase postcode lottery. People's supports vary depending on which side of the border they live on."

The Productivity Commission's final report will go to Government on 31 July, and the Government will respond to their recommendations by the end of the year.

Every Australian Counts is the campaign for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme. The campaign is supported by an alliance of service providers, carers, advocates, people with disability, their family and friends. The campaign aims to have 100,000 supporters by the end of the year, so every Australian counts. According to the Every Australian Counts campaign, the NDIS will make it easier for people to access essential care, support, therapy, equipment and early intervention and training. For more information please visit the Every Australian Counts website at

It is estimated that 38,000 community service job vacancies will need to be filled by 2014. carecareers, as a job site and portal for the disability and community care sector in NSW, will continue to educate their member organisations and users about new developments in the sector and how they will affect employers and employees.

Whether you are new to the sector, searching for a career change, or already employed and looking to connect with the wider community, it is important to be aware of current trends.

The NDIS is one of a number of developments which will have a major effect on the disability and community care sector. We are on the verge of major changes in how people with a disability will be able to access support, and what types of community jobs are available.


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