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Wide Bay business and community leaders have come together on 12 September to discuss the economic and employment opportunities the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will bring to the region.

Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the roundtable discussions would help businesses to learn more about the NDIS rollout in Wide Bay and make the most of the opportunities it would bring.

“Once fully operational, the NDIS is expected to support more than 8,400 people with disability in the area, making them a powerful consumer group,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“We’re also expecting the national scheme to create at least 1850 new jobs in the area when fully implemented.

“This is why we’re encouraging businesses to get ready now so they can meet this increase in future demand.”

Mrs O’Rourke said that Wide Bay would join the scheme progressively in line with the NDIS roll out, starting with the Bundaberg area which commenced transition on 1 September 2017.

“By mid-2020 the Wide Bay area will be receiving more than $420 million to support those eligible for the NDIS,” she said.

“This boost will open up opportunities for new businesses to emerge as well as existing businesses to expand, allowing people with disability to connect with their community and participate in everyday life.

“The flow-on effects from the NDIS will mean a host of other sectors like tourism, real estate and financial management will also benefit from this growth.”

When fully implemented in 2019, the NDIS will inject approximately $4 billion of Commonwealth and State funds into the Queensland economy each year.

For more information on the NDIS, visit www.ndis.gov.au or to find out about jobs and career pathways in the disability sector go to www.carecareers.com.au. The NDIS Hotline is 1800 800 110 and for people with hearing or speech loss, phone TTY 1800 555 677.

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