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A record $2.8 billion investment in Ageing and Disability Services

6 September 2011

This year’s Budget features the start of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s record funding program to rebuild disability services, with $2.02 billion to be invested over the next five years; the largest funding commitment to disability services in NSW history and the most significant ever made by a State Government in Australia.

NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said the additional funding will increase disability services capacity by an estimated 47,000 places to provide much needed support to people with a disability, their families and carers.

“The NSW Government’s record investment in this Budget will ensure that people with a disability are at the forefront of decision making and choices that affect their lives. This will occur through the expansion of person centred approaches and individualised funding models across the sector,” Mr Constance said.

“By the end of 2013-14, anyone receiving disability services will have the option of using an individualised and portable funding arrangement.”
Comprehensive consultation sessions on how these changes will be implemented to best suit people with a disability, their families and carers are currently being held across the state.

The 2011-12 Budget has allocated a total of $2.8 billion to Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Family and Community Services NSW (ADHC).

“While the NSW Government is in a difficult financial position because of 16 years of Labor mismanagement, our commitment to disability services is unquestionable,” Mr Constance said.

“This year’s budget is an increase of $342 million on the previous year.”

The NSW Government is committed to improving the employment prospects for people with a disability. $2 million per annum has been allocated for payroll tax rebates for employers who hire a new employee with a disability from the Transition to Work program. Businesses will be eligible for a rebate of up to $4,000.

The 2011-12 ADHC Budget will also provide $82.4 million in capital expenditure to expand accommodation options for people with a disability throughout NSW.

The NSW Government has more than 900 community partners who deliver services on its behalf. In 2011-12 they will receive grants and subsidies totalling $1.9 billion to increase their capacity.

As part of the second phase of the Stronger Together strategy, an additional $137.6 million will be invested in disability support in 2011-12 including:
  • $22.6 million on an extra 300 supported accommodation places including 100 Supported Living Fund packages that support people with disability to live in their own communities.
  • $15.2 million on Community Participation to support an additional 500 school leavers with a disability.
  • $6 million on Family Support creating an additional 1,620 places to assist children and their families at the time when assistance is most effective.
  • $4 million on decision support services to build the skills and capabilities of people with a disability and improve the social contexts in which they live.
  • $5.2 million on Community Engagement for an additional 260 places for age appropriate day time activities and supports for adults with a disability.
  • $3.4 million on Attendant Care for an additional 55 places in portable, flexible and individualised support for people with a physical disability who need personal help to complete activities on a daily basis.
  • $3.4 million on Flexible Respite for an additional 840 places for short term and time-limited breaks for families and care givers of people with a disability.
  • $2.6 million to non-government organisations for an additional 990 therapy places to build the skills and capabilities of clients.
  • $3.1 million on Peaks, Advocacy & Information Services to support individuals and families by representing their interests and assist them to access information so they can make informed choices and participate in their community.
For frail older Australians living in communities across NSW, growth for Home and Community Care services will top $42.2 million in this Budget, recognising this Government’s strong commitment to the older residents of this state.

In 2011-12, $6 million will go to the NSW Ageing Grants Program to support services and projects that meet the needs of older people, such as the Seniors Information Service, Seniors Week events, and Dementia Advisory Services.

“Another priority for the NSW Government is to increase the participation of seniors in the community and enhance their quality of life. Later this month I will host an Ageing Roundtable at Parliament House, kicking off what will be a 6 month project to develop a whole of government ageing strategy to improve the lives of seniors in NSW,” Mr Constance said.

“The NSW Government has achieved a lot in only a few months. This Budget recognises we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us to deliver the services and support that people with a disability, their families and carers and older Australians rightly deserve.”

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