Legislation Next Step To Disability Sector Reforms

A Bill to pave the way for major changes in the disability sector has been tabled in the NSW Parliament, clearing the way for people with a disability to have greater control of their care.

 Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NSW Enabling) Bill considers a range of reforms for the future transition of State-run disability services to non-government organisations that specialise in disability care.

 “In December 2012, New South Wales became the first Australian State to sign on to the NDIS through a Heads of Agreement with the Commonwealth,” Mr Elliott said.

 “This Agreement represents an historic milestone for people with disability, their families and carers, not only in NSW but throughout the country and gives people a choice over the supports they receive.

 “We know that people outside of the Hunter area are impatient to receive NDIS support, but we need to plan this transition and the changes will be gradual.”

 Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet said the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care will work with people with disability and their families and carers to implement a transition model.

 “In the meantime, the department is rolling out individualised funding and more places for people with disability, and helping the non-government sector grow to be able to take over service delivery,” Mr Perrottet said.

 “The NDIS effectively doubles funding for disability services in NSW to more than $6 billion per annum from 2018.

 “By 2018, the number of people receiving support will grow to 140,000, up from 90,000 now and will create up to 25,000 new jobs in the disability sector.

 “The NSW Government is committed to ensuring continuity of supports for people with disability throughout this transition and is consulting with staff and their representatives.”

 For more information on the NDIS in NSW go to: www.adhc.nsw.gov.au