Sydney’s South West speaks up for an NDIS

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, today joined Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare and Member for Parramatta Julie Owens at a community forum in Granville to discuss the progress towards a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Local people with disability, their families and carers, as well as local service providers attended the forum to hear how an NDIS will work for people with disability, and the work underway to launch the scheme.

“The Gillard Government is working hard to build a National Disability Insurance Scheme to make sure people with disability get the care and support they need, no matter where they live or how they acquired their disability,” Ms Macklin said.

“We’ve shown we’re prepared to do the heavy lifting by investing $1 billion to deliver the first stage of the scheme.

“From the middle of next year, a National Disability Insurance Scheme will be a reality for thousands of people with disability, their families and carers in select locations across the country.”

In New South Wales, the New South Wales Government has nominated the Hunter region as the location for a launch.

About 20,000 Australians with significant and permanent disability in the launch sites will benefit from the first stage of the scheme and they will:

  • work with local people to identify their plans and goals for the future;
  • be assessed to receive individualised care and support packages;
  • have decision-making power about their care and support, including choice of service provider;
  • be assisted by local coordinators to help manage and deliver their support; and
  • access a system they can easily navigate that links them to mainstream and community services.

Mr Clare said local residents had shown their strong support for an NDIS.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme will ensure that people living with a disability, their families and carers are provided with the care and support they need,” Mr Clare said.

“This means that any Australian who acquires a disability or who is born with a disability can have confidence that they will be provided with care and support.”

“People with disability and their advocates here today have told us loud and clear that they want an NDIS, and that’s what we are working hard to build.”

Ms Owens said locals would continue to have a voice as the Government worked towards the launch.

“The Government has set up a series of advisory groups that include people with disability, carers, service providers and other experts, to help us make sure we are getting the vital elements of an NDIS right,” Ms Owens said.

“Jason and I will continue talking with people with disability, their families and carers in South West Sydney, to make sure we keep getting their feedback.”

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