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Record growth funding for disability services

1 July 2011

With the start of the new financial year, the O’Farrell Government now gets on with the job of delivering the second phase of the Stronger Together program.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said $2 billion dollars will be invested over the next five years – a 33% increase in growth funding.

“As promised during the election campaign, we will deliver for the most vulnerable in our community,” Mr Constance said.

“Over the next five years, the O’Farrell Government will increase disability service capacity by 47,000 places. This includes more respite, day programs and family support.”

Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Liberals/Nationals will put people with a disability at the centre of decision making.

“We will deliver person centred approaches, enabling people with a disability to choose the services they want through individualised and portable funding arrangements,” Mr Constance said.

This key reform will be explained to carers and service providers at over a hundred consultation sessions planned between now and the end of the year.

Demand for disability services in NSW is growing at around 10 per cent each year.

“The system is under an incredible amount of stress, but this investment of $2 billion dollars will ease the pressure on carers and improve the quality of life for people with a disability,” Mr Constance said.

“This is the largest investment in disability services out of any state or territory.”

“There will be a greater emphasis on early intervention, skills development and a stronger collaboration between government, the broader sector and the community.”

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