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Update from South East Queensland Local WorkAbility Qld Coordinators

Update from South East Queensland Local WorkAbility Qld Coordinators

With NDIS transition discussions and targeted events rolling out across the South East Queensland NDIS Region, WorkAbility Qld Coordinators Helen Hansen and Ian Montague have been focusing their attention towards sector readiness and engagement.

The aim of this work is to support strong, sustainable business performance in a confronting and challenging environment of significant change, through workforce planning and human resource management strategies.

Initiatives regionally have included:

  • Representing WorkAbility Qld at the: 
    • Logan Disability Coalition Network
    • Tweed and Logan Interagency meetings
    • Redlands NDIS Transition Readiness Forum
    • “NDIS One Year To Go” Corporate Breakfast
    • Gold Coast and NDS Costing and Pricing Workshops at Southport and Kedron
    • Nandjimadji Art Exhibition showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing or caring for someone who is living with mental health or disability, or who is frail aged, at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital
    • Sunshine Coast Mental Health Provider Network.
  • Strategic engagements to foster greater collaboration across the sector skills eco system, in partnership with Department of Employment, Department of Education and Training, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Prime Minister & Cabinet – Indigenous Affairs,  National Disability Coordination Officers, tertiary and vocational education and training providers and Jobactive providers.
  • Targeted Careers Promotion through a coordinated Greater South East Queensland (GSEQ) ‘Youth Attraction Strategy’ Field Trip (27 July 2017) and attendance at the Ignite Youth Careers Expo in Logan (25 July 2017).
  • Individual service provider discussions, unpacking the business value of strategic workforce planning and human resource strategies in readiness for NDIS. This has resulted in greater sector collaboration, facilitated recruitment strategy partnerships and referral to professional enhancement, and leadership training opportunities addressing identified organisational needs.

Through engaging with over 70 individual service providers, other members of the sector skills eco system and the various networks, the Coordinators have:

  • Found within service providers a diversity of understanding, readiness and service models.
  • Identified specialist technical expertise/knowledge within organisations (especially large organisations) – e.g. HR specialists, L&D specialists.  This aligned to the head offices of a number of larger providers being located in GSEQ.
  • Noted in general terms that perhaps 80% of workforce issues are ‘consistent GSEQ wide issues’ with approximately 20% of issues being specific to either ‘sub-topics’ or ‘natural sub-regions’.

If you are interested in participating in the South East Queensland WorkAbility Qld working group please contact Local WorkAbility Qld Coordinators:

Helen Hansen
Email: helen.hansen@nds.org.au
Phone:0438 668 963

Ian Montague
Email: ian.montague@nds.org.au
Phone: 0438 082 971.

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