The Australian Government has awarded three organisations in Wannon funding for business support to help them transition into the NDIS.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said that Southern Stay Disability Services in Hamilton, MPower in Warrnambool and Pathways for Living Limited in Portland would all receive up to $20,000 in funding to build their workforce and develop their capabilities to operate in the NDIS effectively.

‘These funds will help these local organisations transition to the market-driven NDIS model. It will ultimately empower people with disability right across our community by providing them more choice when it comes to support options’  Mr Tehan said.

These local providers can use the funding for tailored business advice, software upgrades and other one-on-one supports that will help them to transition from block funding to the consumer-driven model of the NDIS. The objective of the Transition Assistance Funding is to help providers transition to the NDIS while also creating more jobs in the disability and aged care sectors, particularly within regional, rural and outer metropolitan areas across Australia.

‘The NDIS provides a great opportunity for local businesses, and these grants will give them a hand up when it comes to having the tools and capabilities needed to deliver first-class supports to NDIS participants.’

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, recently announced the successful recipients of the first funding round under the Boosting the Local Care Workforce program’s Transition Assistance Funding, which is designed to support a skilled and sustainable NDIS workforce in communities across Australia.

‘An additional 90,000 full-time equivalent employees are required to meet the demand for NDIS services over the next five years, which is why the Government is investing in programs that support providers to transition and develop their workforces.’ Minister Robert said.

‘I would encourage local organisations eligible for grants through this program to apply for future funding rounds because a solid provider market is the foundation for a sustainable NDIS.’

A further funding round for the Transition Assistance Funding program will open later this year. Providers are encouraged to visit the Boosting the Local Care Workforce website at blcw.dss.gov.au, to access business resources, including NDIS Demand Map and the NDIS readiness assessment tool.