Disability Sector Scale-Up program

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The Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) aims to support organisations to maximise the economic opportunities from the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS is expanding across NSW and offers significant new economic, social and community opportunities. At full implementation, it will support approximately 142,000 people in NSW. The disability sector is projected to need around 25,000–30,000 additional workers by 2019 to support this expansion.

A boost for businesses

DSSU will provide three types of support to help businesses and organisations leverage the expected $6.8 billion investment in the NSW disability sector:

  • Business Acceleration Grants program — grants of up to $2 million are available to support businesses and not-for-profit organisations that can provide new and innovative approaches to delivering outcomes for the state’s disability sector. Applications for the grants are now open on the NSW eTender website.
  • Business advisory services — The department's Business Connect advisors will provide targeted advice for organisations entering or supporting the disability sector
  • Aboriginal economic opportunities — a co-designed program to increase the number of Aboriginal people and businesses participating in the NDIS, to ensure Aboriginal communities share in the  economic benefits and the availability of culturally appropriate services increases.

Areas of focus

The NSW Government has listened to the feedback from the consultations around the state. Through DSSU, we are aiming to:

  • improve the maturity and commercial viability of small and medium enterprises in the disability sector, including not for profit organisations
  • increase the use of innovative business models, practices and technologies by organisations in the disability sector which contribute to a strong and sustainable market
  • increase the participation of Aboriginal people and businesses in the economic opportunities arising from the NDIS and increase the availability of  culturally appropriate services
  • develop responsive workforces and organisations that offer culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services for CALD NDIS Participants
  • develop flexible workforces and organisation models in rural and remote areas that contribute towards diverse markets offering quality and well-priced support
  • develop workforces and organisations to ensure availability of appropriate services to NDIS Participants requiring psychosocial support.

Find out more

For more information email disabilitysector.scaleup@industry.nsw.gov.au.