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Living Life My Way: Statewide consultation on disability services

7 July 2011



500 delegates will gather at Acer Arena this morning for the beginning of consultations around the O’Farrell Government’s key reform to disability services.

The Living Life My Way summit will bring together people with a disability, their families, carers and service providers to discuss client directed supports and individualised funding packages.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said today marks a turning point for disability services in NSW.

“This is an opportunity for people with a disability to have a say in what the new system should look like,” Mr Constance said.

“Individualised funding packages will put people with a disability at the centre of decision making, allowing them to pick and choose the services they want, instead of being dictated to by bureaucrats.”

“We are moving away from a one-size-fits-all service system to one in which people receive supports based on their own preferences.”

“I look forward to listening to the ideas that emerge over the next two days, as we reshape the system that best supports the individual.”

The O’Farrell Government is committed to building the strongest client-focussed service arrangements in the country.

“Before our new approach can be finalised, we need to hear the aspirations of people with a disability, their families and carers, advocates and non-government service agencies,” Mr Constance said.

The Living Life My Way summit is just the beginning of consultations, with more than 100 workshops to be held across the state over the next two months.

“It is critical to hear the views of people living all across the state, especially the thousands of people in small towns and communities,” Mr Constance said.

 

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