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Message from the Minister

11 July 2011

The important process of consultation is now underway, as the NSW Government moves towards individualised funding arrangements for people with a disability.

On the 7th and 8th of July, 500 people gathered at ACER Arena for the Living Life My Way summit. It was an opportunity for people with a disability, their families and carers to share their views on how we can achieve person centred approaches.

It’s fair to say that we all want to achieve the same outcome, but there are different views as to how we get there.

It was an honour to hear the stories of those who attended the summit and their vision for the future of disability services in NSW.

We are moving away from a one-size-fits-all service system to one in which people receive truly individualised, natural and creative supports so they can achieve meaningful goals based on their own preferences.

This is a system where people with a disability have more control over their lives and futures.

Over a hundred consultations are planned for the coming months as we reshape the system that focuses on the individual.

The outcomes of the consultations will be reported back to the participants, and there will be further consultations early next year before the creation of a draft model.

The information provided at these sessions will inform the Government as to what new roles and tools are required to assist people to make informed decisions.

The introduction of a policy that puts people with a disability in control will be one of the greatest initiatives in the delivery of disability services in the country.

As we go about this exciting change, the second phase of the Stronger Together program will continue to be rolled out. The $2 billion set aside is a 33 per cent increase in growth funding, and is the largest funding commitment made by any state government in the history of disability services.

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