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A new direction for disability services in NSW

24 April 2012



Mr Constance will today join over 400 people at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, for the launch of the final stage of consultations on individualised funding.

"Today kicks off the final stage of Living Life My Way - the most extensive consultation process ever undertaken by the NSW Government involving disability services," Mr Constance said.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals are committed to empowering people with a disability, allowing them to pick and choose the services they want through individualised funding packages."

"Individualised funding and personalised supports are a key requirement for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, and our reforms will ensure that NSW is NDIS ready by 2014."

The first round of consultations began in July last year, with more than 3,300 people attending 175 community sessions across the state.

The participants included people with a disability, their families and carers, non-government service providers, peak bodies, advocacy and government agencies.

"Participants identified the need for improved access to accurate, reliable, sufficient, relevant and comprehensive information that will assist them to make better informed choices," Mr Constance said.

"They told us they want information about services and supports in their local communities and how to access them, what to expect at different life stages, funding, eligibility, equipment, planning and how to access information.

"The outcome of those consultations was used to develop a discussion paper which will inform people at today's consultation about the new direction for disability services."

"People will have an opportunity to provide feedback on this new approach through the final round of 84 community consultation sessions which will be held throughout NSW in May and June."

For a full schedule of the community consultations, including a link to register, go to www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/pca.

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