Information for businesses - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

Information for businesses

Information for Queensland businesses

The NDIS is expected to inject approximately $4 billion annually into the Queensland economy once it is fully implemented in 2019, creating a wide range of opportunities for new and established businesses. This growth will create significant opportunities for the disability sector and the wider business community across Queensland.

Building capacity to operate in an NDIS environment

Registering as an NDIA service provider

Organisations interested in registering as a provider with the NDIS in Queensland can find out more about the registration process by visiting the NDIA website

Please refer to the NDIA Provider Guide to Suitability for guidance on qualifications, experience, capacity and approvals required to provide specialist disability services.

NDIS information, linkages and capacity building opportunities

Information, linkages and capacity building (ILC) is a key part of the NDIS and under the NDIS, grants will be provided to organisations to deliver ILC activities. Organisations will need to apply for funding to deliver these types of supports from 1 July 2019. Find out more about ILC and opportunities.

Quality and safeguards during NDIS transition

Queensland's existing quality and safeguards system will apply to all NDIS providers registered to deliver specialist disability services in Queensland during NDIS transition.

Creating employment opportunities for people with disability

Workplace support and advice

The Australian Government’s job access is for employers, job seekers and employees with disability, their co-workers and employment service providers. It includes resources for employing people with disability and includes a workplace adjustment tool aimed at supporting people with disability to undertake the vast activities and tasks in the workplace. The site also offers options for disability awareness training.

Services such as Deaf Services Queensland, Spinal Injuries Australia and Vision Australia can help you identify suitable roles within your workplace, conduct workplace assessments and provide employment advice.

Australian Disability Enterprises and social enterprises

For some people with disability, supported employment, through an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) or social enterprise, provides the employment benefits that many people seek including income, teamwork, friendship, community contribution and purpose.

ADEs are generally not-for-profit organisations providing supported employment opportunities to people with disability. An ADE enables people with disability to engage in a wide variety of work such as packaging, assembly, production, recycling, screen printing, plant nursery, garden maintenance and landscaping, cleaning services, laundry services and food services. ADEs are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

Social enterprises are businesses that operate with a social purpose. Social enterprises that employ people with disability range from coffee shops and caterers to gardening, property maintenance and cleaning services.

As the NDIS rolls out in Queensland from July 2016, more people with disability will seek employment. You can help create job opportunities by using services provided by an ADE or social enterprise in your area.

Business Leader networks

2016 NDIS Business Breakfast, Cairns

On Wednesday 24 August 2016, the Cairns business and disability sectors enjoyed an informative and empowering start to the day at the 2016 NDIS Business Breakfast, Cairns, presented by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Guests heard how businesses can capitalise on the market opportunities that the NDIS will bring to Far North Queensland.

Hosted by The Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, and proudly supported by Hesta, the event featured key note speakers:

Anne Skordis, General Manager, Scheme Transition of the National Disability Insurance Agency who provided insights into market opportunities under the NDIS.

Belinda Drew, CEO of Community Service Industry Alliance who discussed the NDIS jobs growth projection in Queensland, the types of services that will be in demand and the key areas for workforce development.

Master of Ceremonies Karni Liddell, Paralympian and Queensland NDIS Ambassador, led a panel of experts to explore a vision of the future, highlighting some of the key changes that may lead to exciting new possibilities for a range of businesses and industry groups.

The discussion panel included both key note speakers as well as:

Ms Anita Veivers, Executive Director of Centrecare Cairns, former Chair Far North Queensland Regional Disability Advisory Council, former Deputy Chair Queensland Disability Advisory Council, Member CHHHS Board, Member Cairns Regional Council Access and Equity Committee, Deputy Chair Cairns Alliance of Social Services.

Ms Deb Hancock, CEO Cairns Chamber of Commerce, board member of Health Reimagined, Cairns Innovation Hub, the Defence Reserves Support Council, the International Association of Infant Massage Australia and Committee member for the Cairns Corporate Challenge.

The 2016 NDIS Business Breakfast, Cairns was proudly supported by


Past Business Leaders' Breakfasts

North Queensland Business Leaders' Breakfast

Business leaders explored the opportunities the NDIS will bring to the state's north on 10 September 2015. Feature presentations included David Bowen, CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency and Cain Beckett, Director of NDIS projects with PwC.

Link to the youtube clips below to watch David Bowen's and Cain Beckett's presentations.

Brisbane Queensland Business Leaders' Breakfast

Queensland business leaders joined representatives from the disabilit sector at the inagural Queensland Business Leaders' Breakfast on 26 November 2014 in Brisbane to explore how the NDIS will open doors to new opportunities in Queensland's economy. Guest speakers included Angela Tillmans, CEO of CPL; David Bowen, CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency and Cain Beckett, Director of NDIS projects with PwC.



Link to the youtube clip below to watch David Bowen's presentation

For more information

Find out more information about the NDIS, access general information about the scheme and sign-up for the NDIS e-newsletter or call the NDIS Hotline 1800 800 110.

Find out about Queensland’s NDIS preparations, access the Queensland NDIS events calendar and sign up to our NDIS e-blast

Read the Queensland specific NDIS factsheets or current services for Queenslanders with disability or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Follow us on Twitter @NDIS and @disabilityQLD

For people with hearing or speech loss: TTY 1800 555 677

For people who need help with English: TIS 131 450

Speak and listen: 1800 555 727.

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