The 'Shaping the Future of South Australia' report delivered to the Government of South Australia provides insights and key recommendations to maximise the social and economic benefits of the State's disability sector.
In what has been described as the biggest reform since Medicare, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a catalyst for significant change across the disability sector and seeks to drive a system with end-users at its core. This will result in greater individual choice and control of services and service delivery for more than 32,000 people with a disability in South Australia with an expected increase in disability service spend from $760m to $1.5bn within 3 years. Nationally, the scheme will deliver individualised support to 460,000 Australians at a cost of $22bn each year.
This brings with it the opportunity to allow South Australia to become a global leader in inclusion and social reform – enabling citizens and the economy to thrive. The transformation is bigger than the NDIS and presents the opportunity to reimagine the future of the sector and identify actions to tangibly achieve that vision.
If the State is successful, we will see the following:
A number of recurring themes and actions were identified across all stages of the Shaping SA work. Five priority actions were identified as the immediate next steps.
1. Create a Sector Collaboration Centre
Create a sector-driven mechanism to enable and support the South Australian sector to achieve a shared vision, develop capability and increase overall competitiveness in the local and national human services markets. The Centre can lead the progress of other identified actions through multiple workgroups.
2. Design and deliver a sector-wide leadership capability program/platform
Design and deliver a co-funded leadership program that facilitates the uplift of commercial capability across sector leaders, including:
3. Organisational technology review and strategy
Short-list technology solutions that meet sector needs and requirements into the future and expedite organisational technology search and selection through the provision of expert technology advice, maturity assessments and technology strategies.
4. Assistive Technology Centre of Excellence
5. Define tangible mechanisms to empower demand-side (customer voice and genuine engagement)
To learn more about the the key ideas and findings, download the full report (PDF 5.5MB).
The Shaping the Future of South Australia series began in 2014, engaging business, government, academic and community leaders to map initiatives designed to advance the state’s prosperity. Previous iterations of the program have focused on the economic transformation and growth opportunities for the State (2014) and Ageing Well (2016).
The program features a non-partisan approach and is supported by key partners KPMG, BankSA, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), Flinders University, and The Government of South Australia.