Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Jobs boom for Tasmania with arrival of NDIS

Joint Media Release with:

  • The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Disability Services

    • The Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services
    • The Hon Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability services

Jobs growth will surge across Tasmania with the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme with up to 1750 new full-time jobs created in the next three years and $260 million in new economic activity generated.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) today released the Market Position Statement (MPS) for Tasmania to spell out the benefits for the state.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the NDIS presented huge opportunities for Tasmania to develop a competitive and innovative market that would see more jobs and significant financial investment.

“This world leading scheme is going to be one of the biggest job creators in Tasmania over coming years with fantastic opportunities for business and job hunters,” Mr Porter said.

“The workforce required to support the NDIS in Tasmania will need to grow by about 80 per cent by 2019, with up to 1750 new full time equivalent jobs expected to be created across the State,” Mr Porter said.

“We anticipate there will be up to 600 new jobs created in Hobart, up to 500 in the North West, up to 250 in the North and up to 200 in both the South and Launceston,” he said.

Assistant Minister for Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the expansion of the NDIS market will provide significant opportunities across the whole economy.

“The increased demand for quality; value-for-money services, new products and technologies will not only benefit the existing sector but also new enterprises,” she said.

“In addition, participants will be seeing innovative and different types of services right across Tasmania.”

Mrs Prentice said the growth in demand for disability supports in Tasmania is expected to more than double to approximately $480 million by 2019.

“The NDIS will ultimately support about 10,600 people with disability in Tasmania,” she said.

“The increased demand for disability support will inject an additional $260 million into the local economy.”

NDIA Chief Executive Officer, David Bowen, said Hobart and Launceston will experience strong growth in participants and required workforce.

“It is also expected 40 per cent of NDIS participants in Tasmania will reside outside the urban regions of Hobart and Launceston, presenting new opportunities for service providers in rural and remote areas,” he said.

“The market is already expanding and diversifying in response to new demand generated by participants.

“In developing the Tasmanian Market Position Statement, we met with 20 local current and prospective providers to understand their business models, aspirations and any potential barriers.

“Developing the market will take time, but we’ve already seen it start to respond and grow – since 31 December 2013, the number of registered NDIS providers in Tasmania has increased from 98 to 228 at the end of March 2016, more than doubling in just over two years.”

The Tasmanian Market Position Statement is available on the NDIS website. Market Position Statements for other jurisdictions will be published in the coming months.

Background information

Current and future workforce in Tasmania


Current Workforce

FTE range

Estimated Required Workforce

FTE range

Hobart 800 – 1,000 1,350 – 1,600
Launceston 250 – 300 400 – 500
North (excl. Launceston) 250 – 300 450 – 550
South (excl. Hobart) 50 – 100 250 – 300
North West 400 – 450 750 – 950
Total 1,750 – 2,150 3,200 – 3,900

Source: Scheme Actuary

Current and estimated demand – disability clients and cost

Service Region Participants Cost ($ millions)
Current Full Scheme Growth # Growth % Current Full Scheme Growth # Growth %
Hobart 2,000 4,400 2,400 120% 100 200 100 100%
Launceston 700 1,300 600 86% 30 60 30 100%
North (excl. Launceston) 600 1,600 1,000 167% 30 70 40 133%
South (excl. Hobart) 200 800 600 300% 10 40 30 300%
North West 800 2,500 1,700 213% 50 110 60 120%
Total 4,300 10,600 6,300 220 480 260

Source: Scheme Actuary estimates of supply and demand

The MPS can be found on the NDIS website.