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ABC 7:30—Shortage of disability workers becoming a crisis

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13/04/2022

"The situation with staffing is pretty dire at the moment," NDS CEO Laurie Leigh told ABC's 7.30.

"The advent of the NDIS has meant demand for services in the sector has gone up, which is really good, but the workforce and the ability for us to develop a capable workforce has not followed pace with that," said Leigh.

The shortage has been made worse by COVID isolation and a lack of international workers during the pandemic.

"In a recent survey that NDS did, 76 per cent of providers said they were not able to service all of the requests for services they were getting from people."

She is calling for systemic change to boost the workforce.

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