People with disability and their families, as well as job seekers are encouraged to attend a National Disability Insurance Scheme expo in Naracoorte.
The expo, being held at the Naracoorte Town Hall, Wednesday July 12, is part of a series being hosted by the state government to help people better understand how they might benefit from the NDIS.
The expos will feature stalls with disability service providers offering information to people with disabilities and their families, plus stalls from registered training organisations and career services providing information to job seekers.
There will also be information presentations and panel discussions involving state and federal government representatives talking about how the NDIS works and jobs in the sector.
Lois Boswell, Deputy Chief Executive for the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, said the expos are an important way to help people navigate the changes under the NDIS.
“The NDIS is the biggest social reform since Medicare and we need to make sure people have the knowedge and confidence they need to manage the new system,” Ms Boswell said.
“The NDIS gives people with disability real choice and control over the support they receive and we want to make sure they are able to achieve the best outcomes they can.
“The expos are open to people who already receive support, as well as anyone who thinks they may be eligible.
“We also know that the disability sector is going to boom with increased demand for services, so we need to help people considering a career in this sector to find the training and opportunities that exist.
“It’s expected that we’ll see around 6000 new jobs created across South Australia, in roles ranging from carers and therapists through to administration, transport and food production.”
The NDIS will start rolling out for people aged 18 to 64 in the Limestone Coast region from October 1. The scheme is expected to create up to 350 new jobs in disability in the local area.
Everyone is welcome to attend the free community expos however people must register online at www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au.
For telephone advice on how to register online call 1800 952 962 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Information about the NDIS including eligibility, participant and provider information and services is available on the national NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au.