Grace Vegesana is planning to study law at university once she graduates, but says her perspective on the popular subject has completely changed since she learnt more about the disability and care sector.
“I do legal studies and a lot of people in my class have come to the realisation that even though law students face high [rates of] underemployment, there are jobs in the area,” the year 12 Girraween High School student said.
She is one of nearly 8000 year 10, 11 and 12 students across Australia who have attended workshops on the expected impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on jobs in coming years.
The sessions, run under the government-funded projectABLE initiative, have been held at about 300 high schools.
The Productivity Commission has forecast that about 70,000 jobs, or one in five of all new jobs in Australia, will be created in the disability sector by 2019 as a result of the multi-billion dollar scheme, which aims to improve support for people with disabilities.