Services anticipate long-term change following NDIS launch
Disability services providers in Orange are getting used to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which was rolled out on July 1.
Among the changes is an anticipation that more workers will be required due to a prediction that 27,793 new disability sector positions will be needed in Australia in two years time.
Challenge Disability Services in Orange has 22 clients and five staff members who provide a day program and support services, and expects to be among those requiring more workers.
Challenge senior manager Maxine Smith said the service has required more workers for its Central West branches for years to meet the demand of participants’ requests.
She said although there might not be a change in the short term, participation levels could further increase from next year.
Article from the Central Western Daily, 14 July 2017.
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60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 600 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.