Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today opened the brand new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Training Centre at North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus. Built at a cost of $955,000, the centre was designed to cater for the region’s increase in demand for skilled aged care and disability workers. Designed by local firm Engawa Architects and constructed by Broome Builders, only local subcontractors were engaged to work on the project.
The state of the art facility includes a dedicated teaching space and four simulated in-home care environments, with a customised bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room to reflect a client’s home. The centre also includes a bedroom and ensuite bathroom that replicates hospitals and aged care facilities, to ensure students can achieve the competencies required for NDIS related training.
The new facility will support the delivery of Lower fees, local skills half price course fee qualifications. These courses in priority areas have course fees reduced from 50 to 72 per cent to align with WA's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The NDIS Training Centre will deliver the following half price courses:
- Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing;
- Disability and Home and Community Care; and
- Certificate II - Diploma of Community Services and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support.
In addition, the facility will be used for the delivery of the new Provide Individual Support skill set which provides participants with critical skills for jobs in aged care and disability support. North Regional TAFE has already has already had more than 25 applications for this skill set which is free to people under 25 years of age, and other eligible concession students.
“This state of the art centre will provide students with the very best learning environment as they train for jobs to meet local workforce needs. Skilled workers across a range of trades and occupations will be in high demand as the economy recovers, and an investment in training is an investment in the future." said the Minister.