Keith Pitt says the nmber of people receiving disability support will double in Bundy by June 2018.
Keith Pitt says the nmber of people receiving disability support will double in Bundy by June 2018.

NDIS will create 600 Bundy jobs

MORE than 1650 jobs are expected to be created across Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast when the NDIS is rolled out.

The Bundaberg and Maryborough service regions are expected to require the largest proportional workforce increase, as the current estimated workforce is less than 40% of what will be needed under the NDIS.

The figures are part of a new analysis of the NDIS in Queensland, the Market Position Statement, released by the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter said the report confirmed the NDIS would not only transform the lives of tens of thousands of Queenslanders but also support jobs.

"We expect that the disability services market in Queensland will grow from around $1.8 billion at present to approximately $4.3 billion in 2020," Mr Porter said.

"The NDIS will inject $2.5 billion into the Queensland economy and double the disability services workforce. While it represents a big win for people living with disabilities, it will also benefit the entire state."

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the number of people receiving disability support in the Bundaberg region was forecast to grow from 1500 to 3300, a rise of 120%, by June 2018 and in the Maryborough region from 2200 to 5100, up 132%, by June 2019.

"This growth will, in turn, generate jobs, fuel innovation and increase investment," he said.

More than 600 jobs are expected to be created in the Bundaberg region and 1050 in the Maryborough region.

"This report shows that the NDIS will make a significant difference to the local economy," Mr Pitt said.

The Market Position Statement aims to share information to help providers make business decisions about meeting the needs of people with disability.

The NDIS will become available in Bundaberg from October 1 next year.

The NDIS will become available in Fraser Coast, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg from July 1, 2018.


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