Labor commits to Canberra-based NDIS training trial

Canberra would be one of the first sites for a $40 million NDIS training trial under a Labor government, the party says.

The party expects 1200 new NDIS jobs in Canberra and will establish local training centres to encourage workers to get Certificate III qualifications as part of the investment.

Andrew Leigh, who announced Canberra would be one of the sites chosen by Labor for an NDIS training trial. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Andrew Leigh, who announced Canberra would be one of the sites chosen by Labor for an NDIS training trial. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

Students studying relevant courses would not have to pay TAFE fees in advance and payments would be made available to students completing induction training and studying for Certificate III qualifications.

A professional development payment would be available for people to take time off work to undertake further training.

Mr Leigh said it was important for disability support workers to specialise.

"Labor wants to work with people with disabilities and the way we need to do that is by ensuring that disability support workers have the resources they need around them," he said.

Other trial sites include Townsville and Joondalup in Perth, Labor said.