Disability Sector Scale Up (DSSU) Program

Up to $2M is available from Disability Sector Scale Up (DSSU) program to help NSW businesses prepare for and make the most of the rollout of the NDIS.

Disability Sector Scale Up (DSSU) Program

Disability Sector Scale Up (DSSU) Program

The Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) program aims to assist businesses, workers, and local communities with maximising economic opportunities from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout.



The NDIS is expanding across NSW and offers significant new economic, social and community opportunities. At full implementation, it will support approximately 142,000 people in NSW. The disability sector is projected to need around 25,000–30,000 additional workers by 2019 to support this expansion.

Based on stakeholder feedback and available evidence, DSSU will focus on specific areas in the sector, such as rural and remote service delivery, culturally and linguistically appropriate support and untapped opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).



The NSW Government has listened to the feedback from the consultations around the state. Through Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU), we are aiming to:

  • improve the maturity and commercial viability of small and medium enterprises in the disability sector, including not for profit organisations
  • increase the use of innovative business models, practices and technologies by organisations in the disability sector which contribute to a strong and sustainable market
  • increase the participation of Aboriginal people and businesses in the economic opportunities arising from the NDIS and increase the availability of  culturally appropriate services
  • develop responsive workforces and organisations that offer culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services for CALD NDIS Participants
  • develop flexible workforces and organisation models in rural and remote areas that contribute towards diverse markets offering quality and well-priced support
  • develop workforces and organisations to ensure availability of appropriate services to NDIS Participants requiring psychosocial support.



Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) will provide three types of support to help businesses and organisations leverage the expected $6.8 billion investment in the NSW disability sector:

  • Business Acceleration Grants program — grants of up to $2 million are available to support businesses and not-for-profit organisations that can provide new and innovative approaches to delivering outcomes for the state’s disability sector.  Applications for the grants are now open
  • Business advisory services — The department’s Business Connect advisors will provide targeted advice for organisations entering or supporting the disability sector
  • Aboriginal economic opportunities — a co-designed program to increase the number of Aboriginal people and businesses participating in the NDIS, to ensure Aboriginal communities share in the  economic benefits and the availability of culturally appropriate services increases.




Hireup has been selected to partner with the NSW Government as part of the Disability Sector Scale Up program which will run across the next 16 months. The funding agreement in the form of a grant of $1.35M will enable Hireup to expand its innovative new service into Western Sydney, where there will be over 16,000 NDIS participants by 2019.


Media Release

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills and Small Business John Barilaro today announced a new $19 million Disability Sector Scale-Up (DSSU) program to help NSW businesses prepare for and make the most of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Mr Barilaro said Business Acceleration grants of up to $2 million are now available, to help businesses scale-up and deliver new services – creating better outcomes for the state’s disability sector.

“The NDIS has the potential to double the size of the disability support sector in NSW from around $3.4 billion to $6.8 billion over the next two years,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This creates huge and exciting opportunities for businesses and other organisations keen to scale-up and expand their offering.

“The roll-out of the NDIS will likely generate thousands of new jobs, but more importantly it will improve choice and access to high quality services for people with a disability.

“Critically this program will focus on strong service delivery in rural and remote areas that have in the past been underserviced,” he said.

Applications for the first of three tranches of small, medium and large Business Acceleration grants open today.

Businesses, non-government organisations, peak bodies and consortiums are able to apply through www.tenders.nsw.gov.au

Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams said the Disability Sector Scale-Up is a component of the NSW Government’s $100 million Smart, Skilled & Hired initiative.

“On top of Business Acceleration grants, the DSSU will provide low cost advisory services for small businesses across the state through Business Connect to help them identify and capitalise on opportunities that emerge as a result of the NDIS.

“In NSW the NDIS will provide support for up to 140,000 people and the NSW Government, through the DSSU program, is making sure we take full advantage of the Scheme.”


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