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$2.7 billion to deliver and improve ageing and disability support services

12 June 2012

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will boost accommodation and respite places for people with a disability, as part of a $2.7 billion commitment in this year’s Budget for services to older people, people with a disability, their families and carers.

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said this included an increase in disability funding of $178 million on the previous year.

“The NSW Government is embarking on a transformation of the disability support system which is supported by a significant investment in this year’s Budget,” Mr Constance said.

“Our commitment to individualised funding packages coincides with $336 million to implement the second year of Stronger Together Two, the NSW Government’s five year, $2 billion strategy to reform disability services.”

“A comprehensive consultation process has been undertaken on these important reforms, which will place greater choice, control and flexibility in the hands of people with a disability.”

9,125 new places will be created in 2012-13 to improve the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers. This includes:

  • 860 places for flexible respite options to support people with a disability, their families and carers in the community;
  • 530 new supported accommodation places;
  • an additional 300 places to increase community engagement for adults;
  • 630 places in the community participation and transition to work programs, enabling school leavers with a disability to improve their employment and life skills and be active members of the community;
  • 3900 additional decision support service places to improve access to local services and programs;
  • 710 more opportunities for skill development for children and young people;
  • 70 additional Aboriginal and family intensive support places.
In 2012-13, $6 million will go to the NSW Ageing Grants Program to support services and projects that meet the needs of older people. This will coincide with the implementation of the NSW Ageing Strategy to be announced this year.

In addition, growth funding of $12.9 million will be provided to Community Care Supports for Younger People, bringing the total investment in Community Care services by NSW to $231.6 million. These services are provided for the Home and Community Care target group of people under the age of 65, or 50 for Aboriginal people.

The Budget commits $148.5 million for capital works including $70 million for improved alternative accommodation for people with a disability living in large residential centres.

“This capital works investment will provide quality and high standards of living for people with a disability in NSW, providing a home environment that they can call their own, while being highly accessible to a community in which they can become involved,” Mr Constance said.

“I am determined to carry forward the NSW Government’s reforms in Stronger Together Two, investing in contemporary homes for people with a disability, and delivering the supports that people with a disability, their families and carers require to live life their way.”

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