100 Days To Go Until New Era For Disability Services In Baulkham Hills

A new era for people with disability and their families in Baulkham Hills begins in just 100 days, Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said.

Mr Elliott said the NSW Government was working closely with the Commonwealth Government and National Disability Insurance Agency as well as its partners in the non-government sector.

“The NDIS is on track, on time and on budget in NSW. For people with disability in Baulkham Hills, the NDIS will mean they will have choice and control over their own lives,” Mr Elliott said.

“I encourage clients, their families and carers in Baulkham Hills to start thinking about their goals and aspirations, and what supports they will need so that they can live life their way.”

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said the everyone in the community, particularly people with disability and their families, will share the benefits of the NDIS.

“The NDIS is not only good for our people and our community, but good for our economy. The Scheme will trigger a jobs and economic boom for NSW, benefiting communities like Baulkham Hills.”

Mr Elliott also announced that applications for the $5 million Transition Assistance Program (TAP) are now open.

“A successful NDIS in NSW relies on the growth of a solid, diverse disability services sector in NSW,” Mr Elliott said.

 “The NSW Government has been investing significantly in the capacity and capabilities of the sector. This significant investment will further help providers get ready.”

“The campaign for the NDIS launched on Australia day in 2011 to right a generation of wrongs. Australia’s disability system was broken, underfunded and has failing had failed people with disability and their families. The NDIS will change everything. It will mean that people with disability will receive the supports they need when they need them. It will transform the lives of people with disability and support their families,” Every Australian Counts Campaign Manager the Hon John Della Bosca said.

“With 100 days until we start the transition to full scheme in NSW, people with disability and their families can stop worrying about waiting lists that were the hallmark of the old disability system. The opportunities that come with the NDIS will provide people with disability access to our community, paid employment uninhibited by a lack of supports and equipment.

“It’s not just 100 days until the NDIS starts to roll out, it’s 100 days until a world of opportunity is opened up to people with disability and their families in NSW.”

From 1 July 2016, people living in the Hunter New England, Southern New South Wales, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains will be able to access the NDIS.

With some 43,000 participants coming into the scheme across Year 1 districts including 36,000 existing disability clients and 7,000 new participants in such a short period of time, there is a planned approach to how people will access the NDIS. The majority of people currently receiving specialist disability supports will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of the scheme launching.

Under the TAP, providers in regional and remote areas can apply up for up to $35,000 in funding for NDIS readiness activities, like updating business plans or purchasing software. Grants are available to providers who have less than $3 million in annual turnover and are located in, or provide services to regional and remote areas and intend to become providers under the NDIS.

The TAP is being delivered in partnership with Aged and Community Services (ACSA) NSW. Applications close on Friday 22 April 2016.

Information to support people and providers get ready for the rollout on 1 July 2016 is available at www.ndis.nsw.gov.au

For more information about the TAP, go to https://www.acs.asn.au/WCM