Industry revolution will create 1400 jobs in Toowoomba

A HUGE influx of money is set to transform an industry and generate more than 1000 jobs in Toowoomba.

The disability services industry employs about 1000 people in Toowoomba with the State Government injecting $140 million of funding.

When the National Disability Insurance Scheme starts its roll out next year there will be 1400 new jobs created as an extra $150 million is spent on people with disabilities.

The number of people receiving support will jump from 3400 to 6600 people.

And the way the scheme works means a variety of new jobs will be created.

The scheme enables people to choose the way they spend disability support funding and could range from carers to disability support services and even cake decorating.

Richard Nelson is the Queensland state manager at National Disability Services, a peak body for disability service providers.

He said one way people would spend money was in connecting with their communities.

"One woman wants to buy a cake decorating kit to improve her capacity to cook, another wants to buy gym membership; there's a whole range of things the money can be spent on," he said.

There are regulations which govern which categories of spending the NDIS deems appropriate and it can't be spent on general every-day living purchases like food.

Mr Nelson said the best advice for school leavers and job seekers was to start investigating the qualifications that might be of interest to employers.

He said a Certificate III in disability would be valuable.

"I'd call your local service provider in town and talk to them about jobs that might be available in the future."

He said meetings with service providers, training organisations and job placement services would take place in coming weeks to prepare for the roll out of the scheme.

Toowoomba is among the first places for the scheme to start with a roll out to take place in the Garden City and west to the borders from July this year until June next year.

Advocacy and Social Services coordinator Terri-Ann Dwyre welcomed the scheme and said it would give people with disabilities more choice and control about what support they needed and, when and how they would receive it.

Topics:  disability national disability insurance scheme ndis toowoomba

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