CHANGES: Anuha general manager Robert Evelyn chats with Amanda harch and Kristal Redinger about the National Disability Insurance System.
CHANGES: Anuha general manager Robert Evelyn chats with Amanda harch and Kristal Redinger about the National Disability Insurance System. Ali Kuchel

National Disability Insurance System to create jobs, allow more control

UP TO 250 jobs could be created in the Lockyer Valley when the National Disability Insurance System takes effect from July 1, next year.

And for those seeking a career in the “new” industry, the time to act is now, according to disability services provider Anuha’s general manager Robert Evelyn.

“We have just under 12 months of the transition,” Mr Evelyn said.

“People with a disability will transition to a system where they are more in control, where they can decide what type of service they need, and when they receive it and how,” he said.

“At the moment the government makes all these decisions.”

Anuha has undergone many big changes in its 31 years, but the NDIS arrival will be huge.

“This is probably the largest change in social fabric since Medicare was introduced,” Mr Evelyn said.

“It’s all about choice, empowering people with a disability,” he said.

But it’s a double-edged sword for Mr Evelyn and Anuha; the excitement of new service provision on a grand scale is intoxicating, but the logistics are scary.

“Our biggest problem is not knowing how many people are eligible for NDIS funding and what types of support they will need,” he said.

“Statistically there are 1100 to 1200 people (in Lockyer Valley region) currently on some level of disability funding.

“We are a small organisation currently supporting 50 people, we e are not in a position to support 1100 people right now.”

Mr Evelyn said Anuha would need another 250 staff “and we don’t know where we will get them”.

“Anyone vaguely interested in working in disability – now is the time to act,” he said.

Mr Evelyn also said it

was time for those with a disability and their carers

to start thinking about

what they would need

from NDIS “and not base it on what they currently expect”.

“Those with a disability and their families need to start thinking and planning now for what they think they will need, to make the process easier at an interview, and not miss out,” he said.

“It’s important to think beyond what’s on offer now.”



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