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New disability forum to help shape service delivery and policy

20 September 2011

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has officially launched a new forum to help shape government policy and guide improvements in the delivery of disability services.

The NSW Disability Network Forum, co-ordinated by the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS), will be a strong co-ordinated voice for people with a disability.

"The Forum comprises peak non-government advocacy groups and will focus on people who use and rely on disability services - people with a disability, their families and carers," Mr Constance said.

NCOSS will receive $250,000 in funding from the NSW Government for the next three years.

"The Forum will provide a mechanism to advance common interests among a diverse range of disability organisations and representatives across mainstream sectors and in the community at large," Mr Constance said.

"NCOSS has a proven track record in bringing people together and has existing networks and expertise to provide a single point of representation which will help the Forum operate effectively."

"The Forum builds on the investment of more than $4.5 million the NSW Government currently directs to 13 peak organisations operating in the ageing, disability and home care environment, including seven that represent people with different types of disability."

"In this year's Budget, the O'Farrell Government will spend an additional $137.6 million on disability support through Stronger Together 2 which began this year.

"A key plank of Stronger Together 2 is to put people with a disability at the forefront of decision-making and choices that affect their lives. The NSW Government is implementing person-centred approaches and individualised funding models across the sector."

"The NSW Disability Network Forum presents an important opportunity to help shape the future of disability services throughout the State during this exciting period of change and reform."

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