Disability workforce at breaking point: Catholic Social Services


With one in three disability support workers looking to leave the sector in the next 12 months, Catholic Social Services Australia’s Monique Earsman says the sector is demoralised and at breaking point.

A major survey of about 2500 disability support workers has found almost one third (31 per cent) of respondents want to leave the sector within the next 12 months

The survey, by unions representing sector workers, found of those wanting to leave their jobs, nearly a third (31 per cent) wanted to leave because of negative workplace culture and nearly one quarter (21 per cent) wanted to leave for more pay.

The findings follow the release of a recent report by the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS which found there is a shortfall of 83,000 full-time workers in the sector.

Ms Earsman said the survey shows “there is a major crisis in one of Australia’s most important sectors”.

“The NDIS is one of the greatest reforms to disability services in decades, but as workers leave the sector it is being undermined and its capacity to deliver vital services is being gutted.

“Disability workers are undervalued and this is having a devastating impact on the people they care for,” Ms Earsman said.


One in three disability workers want to leave the sector because of low wages and poor conditions (Catholic Social Services Australia)

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