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WorkAbility Newsletter – 31 October 2018

WorkAbility Newsletter – 31 October 2018


Have your say on the Disability Services Act review

The Disability Services Act 2006 is currently under review, and the Queensland Government is inviting you to have your say. As Queensland transitions to the NDIS, the government is seeking to ensure laws are in place to reflect the changing landscape of how supports for people with disability are funded and delivered.

Forums are being held in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Townsville, Rockhampton, Cairns and Mount Isa, with an information webinar on Friday 9 November.

You can also complete an online survey, or write a formal submission.

Find out more at the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors website.

Mental health a key focus in NDIS announcement
During Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October, the Federal Government announced additions to the NDIS that will improve access for people with ‘severe and persistent’ mental health issues. Additions will necessitate the employment of specialised planners and Local Area Coordinators in each area.

The ‘psychosocial disability stream’ scheme was jointly announced by Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher, and Assistant Minister for Disability Services Sarah Henderson. 

This new stream is intended to provide a better pathway to more than 64,000 Australians with psychosocial disability, and support for their families and carers.

Find out more here.

Blog Post: Step through Community Door into a world of knowledge on careers and training in the social services sector
Community Door provides a compendium of information, resources and news to community-managed organisations in Queensland. This blog post focusses on careers in the social service sector, and provides a wide range of links to get you started on your journey into a career in care. 

Find out more here.

National Disability Practitioners (NDP)
NDIS and Sole Traders Hub
NDP have been hard at work designing an information hub to support sole traders transitioning to working under the NDIS. The hub covers topics such as quality requirements, registering as a service provider, price guides, insurance, and record keeping.

The hub is free to access for NDP members, with summaries of each topic available.

Find out more here.

Have your say: WorkAbility newsletter survey
What are we doing right, or what can we improve? How can we better talk to you, and inform you about movements in the disability sector workforce?

We invite you to have a say in our short survey. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this newsletter.

Complete the survey here.

Fraser Coast Workforce Blueprint 2018 released by Jobs Queensland

Jobs Queensland has been working with key stakeholders to develop collaborative, place-based plans to enhance workforce planning and development to support regions across Queensland.

The Fraser Coast Workforce Blueprint is the newest iteration, released last week, and examines the implications of the NDIS rollout in the Fraser Coast region.

Find out more here.

Local WorkAbility Queensland working groups
If you are interested in participating in your local WorkAbility Queensland working group please contact the Local WorkAbility Queensland Coordinator for your region. 


A creative edge shines around Maryborough on Life Choice Community Day
The third Life Choice Community Day was held at Portside Precinct Parklands in Maryborough during Disability Action Week in September. Fostering community connection and inclusiveness, the event provided a great opportunity to talk to members of the public about the value of careers in the disability sector.

Speed interviews a race to success for Maryborough disability career hopefuls
Ten interviewers completed more than 300 interviews in one sitting when the Maryborough Careers in Disability Showcase was held in the Maryborough Town Hall on Thursday 18 October.

A mix of registered jobseekers, students, and those looking to career change attended the night to speed interview or to simply learn more from stallholders about the benefits of a Career in Disability.

Read on here.

Fraser Coast regional leaders unite to launch new workforce group

Jobs Fraser Coast is a new group of regional leaders who have united to add value and help influence positive outcomes from Jobs Queensland’s new report, The Fraser Coast Workforce Blueprint. Local WorkAbility Coordinator Melinda Everett is part of the group, continuing WorkAbility Queensland’s work supporting NDIS implementation in the region.

The group features regional leaders from government, education, training, major employers, industry and the three Chamber of Commerce presidents.

Read on here.

NDIS and sector events

Queensland NDIS events calendar

Stay up to date with upcoming NDIS related events and activities on the Queensland NDIS Events Calendar by visiting this link.

Jobs Queensland – Launch of Anticipating Future Skills

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – Plaza P1
Monday 5 November 2018

Through research, data analysis and consultation, Jobs Queensland (JQ) advises the Queensland Government about the right skills for the future for regions and industries.

The Anticipating Future Skills project aims to assist industries and regions with uncertainty arising from the changing world of work. By combining a number of plausible future scenarios with economic modelling to 2022, JQ has worked with stakeholders around the state to consider how their industry, occupation or region might be affected under different circumstances.

The project’s final report, Anticipating Future Skills: Jobs growth and alternative futures for Queensland to 2022, and a suite of accompanying data tools are designed for anyone interested in where the jobs of the future might be and what skills will be needed. This is crucial information for business, employers, workers and communities.

Find out more here.

Brain Injury Australia – Annual Brain Injury conference

Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane: Russell Strong Auditorium
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 November 2018

Sponsored by Metro South Health, Brain Injury Australia is holding its sixth conference. Aiming to drive improvements in services and supports for people living with brain injury, the conference has become an important event on the learning and development calendar.

Find out more here.

For more information on WorkAbility Queensland please visit www.workabilityqld.org.au

Or call one of the consortia partners:

National Disability Services – 07 3828 9400
Community Services Industry Alliance – 07 3180 1360
Queensland Council of Social Service – 07 3004 6900

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