The recent signing of the bilateral agreement between the Federal and State government will finally see some progress made as the July deadline for the rollout of the NDIS gets closer. This news coming hot on the heels of the decision to retain the ACNC after almost 18 months of political non activity. 

After what has seemed an age of waiting, local service providers are now much better positioned to finalise their transition to the new funding system.

It’s not all Plain Sailing

While it is true that the signing will bring a level of certainty to the local sector – there still exists a need to ensure that internal systems are fully prepared to cope with the demands that the NDIS will bring. This is especially true, if organisations are wanting to hit the ground running as competition ramps up ahead of the July deadline.

Keeping this in mind, the North Queensland NDIS Working Group (NQNWG) is keen to assist and develop resources in the Townsville and regional areas to give local providers a voice when it comes to the “difficult” side of transitioning to the new funding model. While all the politicians can now take a breather, those working at the ground level will still need support and information.

Use the Key Learnings

Following on from the success of the recent breakfast session by Break Thru Australia – Key learnings from the trial sites in the Hunter – the NQNWG are now looking to keep things rolling over the next few months with more speakers and demonstrations in the fields of technology and services relevant to all things NDIS.

With one of the Key Learnings from this presentation being the importance of aligning staff performance and goals with the needs and requirements of clients, the local group is working on a number of sessions over the next few months. The workshops will include information and demonstrations of CRM Systems, HR and Workplace Management and teachings on Unit Costings and Social Media marketing.

Get on Board

Stay tuned for any announcements as we finalise dates for the upcoming speakers. If you feel the need to become involved or have anything you might want to add contact the local facilitator Kristian Schader. If you do nothing else check out the North Queensland NDIS Working Group meeting notes. The group welcomes similar-minded not-for-profits.