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NDIS for small business people

Business Network Evening: NDIS for small business people

 Wednesday 20 September at 6pm at Gippsland Business Centre, 155 Queen St, Warragul.  Tickets available on EVENTBRITE.

The rollout of Australia’s $22 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will reach Gippsland on 1 October 2017.

In a move towards greater social inclusion, the NDIS is shifting welfare-style, block funding for providers to one that directly funds people with disabilities.

NDIS for small business people - Do you see me or my disability
NDIS for small business: Image from Parents: Do you see my child first or his disability?

Essentially, NDIS will give people with a disability, their families and carers, choice and control of services needed to help them live life in ways that work for them from everyday activities to personal interests, education, work and travel.

So what does this mean for Gippsland’s small businesses?  The changed funding mechanism effectively means the NDIS scheme opens up an entirely new market.

Put another way, nearly half a million Australian people with disabilities are about to go shopping for the first time, rather than being passive recipients of services.

As customers, they will want direct access to Gippsland businesses such as retailers, hospitality, tourism and accommodation; health and fitness; education, training and employment; real estate, all sorts of trades; transport, health and leisure; IT and e-marketing, etc.

Alongside Uber or Air Tasker style websites, new sites such as Clickability and Care Navigator are springing up to guide people with disabilities through NDIS registered businesses in a TripAdvisor format.

NDIS for Small Business People network evening offers the chance to meet with NDIS participants, providers and learn first hand why every Gippsland business owner should register and be part of this new initiative.

Tickets: Warragul Business Group Members $10, Non members $20.

Drinks and nibbles provided.

Tickets and RSVP: 03 5624 3800 or via Eventbrite

NDIS for small business network evening with Cassidy Crew
NDIS for small business network evening host

Presented by the Warragul Business Group and Member Business: The Cassidy Crew – Finalist in 2017 Gippsland Business Awards.



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Networking the skills for trade

Entering with the right tools for trade

A Toyota in a box, chicken satays and a big sandpit were some of the things used to deliver a convincing narrative on the merits of investment and mentoring young people through the West Gippsland Trade Training Alliance.

Baw Baw Skills Centre
WBG members learning how trainee plumbers and electricians practice their skills.

Project Manager, Rod Dunlop opened the WBG networking evening and explained that Baw Baw Skills Centre was one of three training facilities including Food4Thought based at Drouin Secondary College and Community College Gippsland.

Five hundred and fifty trainees from nine West Gippsland secondary schools have access to trade programs including hospitality, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, agriculture and horticulture. This year, 14 students started a new Federation University Bachelor of Arts course through the Alliance.

The evening unfolded and showed the passion and commitment of trades teachers, industry mentors and local businesses behind $12 million invested into technology and training facilities via government.

Most young people use ‘on-the-go’ technologies 24/7 and they have been clearly embraced as tools for training and communication. Examples were a transportable and online linked Toyota Prius in a box, a 3D printer laboratory (opening soon), and interactive solar house showing the control effects of different energy sources. Other ‘techy’ tools included GoPro cameras, iPads, video conferencing and mobile phones.

Toyota Prius in a box at Baw Baw Skills Centre
Trainees can hook into the ‘Toyota Prius in a box’ online to test how different driving actions or fuel sources relate to the engine’s efficiency.

A sandpit for plumbing and electrical, house frames, and half dismantled cars visually highlighted that hands on building, and knowing how to identify and fix problems still feature as important practice in training. BBSC also benefits from its collaboration with Warragul Mitsubishi who bring in cars for trainees to look at.

Hospitality trainees led by Food4Thought’s Kevin Thorpe treated WBG members to a show case of culinary treats throughout the evening along with the abovementioned chicken satays!BBSC Catering

As the evening closed, Rod Dunlop thanked WBG members and said that WGTTA were keen to develop more partnerships, and see the training and conferencing facilities being used by other sections of the community.