Anticipating and addressing the impending shortages of skilled disability support workers

The National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University will determine how well the disability sector and workers are placed to meet the growing and changing needs of people with disability, their families and carers. The research will assess both supply and demand for disability–related skills. It will identify areas of mismatch and gaps between the skills/services being demanded by people with disability and the skills/services that the disability sector and its workforce are able to provide.

The research includes a detailed national assessment of the adequacy of current modes of skills acquisition for disability support workers.

A quantitative analysis will analyse nationally-representative data on vocational training enrolments, completions and subsequent employment outcomes. The findings will be further explored through qualitative analysis of data obtained from in-depth interviews with people with disability, training providers, disability support providers, and disability sector workers.

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