THE introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will require as many as 13,000 new workers in the disability sector in Queensland alone, doubling the current number of workers in the industry.
Queensland's Disabilities Minister Tracy Davis said proper planning was essential for the successful expansion of the sector.
"In Queensland, the NDIS will capture twice the number of clients who receive specialist care, so it makes sense the workforce will need to increase at the same rate. The workforce will also need appropriate skills and training as the scheme rolls out.
"It is going to be a big challenge for the disability sector to find enough skilled workers to fill the predicted workforce shortage.
"This will be a huge opportunity for Queenslanders who are looking for work or a career change. It will also boost the Queensland economy, as well as the education and training sectors."
Ms Davis said the Newman Government had already started working on building workforce capacity with a $1.9million state-wide community services sector training initiative. "The initiative will run until June 2014 and covers a wide range of areas such as upgrading current employees' formal qualifications, capacity-building workshops and helping people with a disability prepare for managing their own funding."