People from right across the Limestone Coast took the opportunity to learn more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as part of two expos held in Mount Gambier and Naracoorte this week.
The expos hosted a wide range of individuals including people with disability and their families, as well as job seekers interested in working in the growing disability sector.
Held at the Main Corner Complex and the Naracoorte Town Hall on July 11 and July 12 respectively, the expos form part of a series being hosted by the State Government to help people better understand how they might benefit from the NDIS.
In total, around 200 people from the local area attended the expos and heard from a range of speakers about how the NDIS works and job opportunities in the sector.
About 150 people attended the event in Mount Gambier along with almost 40 stallholders, including disability service providers and registered training organisations. In Naracoorte, about 50 people attended along with 25 stallholders.
The NDIS will start rolling out for people aged 18 to 64 in the Limetone Coast from October 1 this year, creating up to 350 new jobs in disability in the region.
The NDIS is the biggest social reform since Medicare, giving people with disability more choice about the support they receive.
At full rollout, the State Government will contribute $723 million annually to the scheme, with an estimated 32,000 South Australians forecast to receive support packages (compared to 17,000 pre-NDIS).
Around 6000 more jobs will be created in SA in a wide variety of roles to support people with disability.
For more information about the NDIS in SA and events across the state, visit www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au.
Information about the NDIS including eligibility, participant and provider information and services is available on the national NDIS website www.ndis.gov.au.
The next NDIS expo will be held in Golden Grove on July 18. The expos are organised by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion.