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NSW Government supports disability services industry reform

9 May 2012

The NSW Government has allocated up to $6.75 million to support disability service providers which are introducing industry reform.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said today's allocation will enable service providers to access a range of supports including expert advice and financial support.

"These supports will assist organisations to implement quality management systems that will withstand scrutiny of independent third parties, ensuring compliance with NSW Disability Services Standards," Mr Constance said.

Mr Constance made the announcement while visiting Pathways Early Childhood Intervention in Marrickville.

"Quality industry reform is required to help service providers raise the bar and make the cultural shift towards personalised service delivery."

"This is about giving people confidence to make decisions about their supports and services and to know where to find a quality service provider that can help them achieve their goals."

The NSW Government's quality reform is consistent with the national approach and Minister Constance said this funding further reinforces the government's commitment to personalised supports for people with a disability, their families and carers.

"In developing individualised funding packages and personalised support, we have consulted widely. Living Life My Way consultations have included a summit and 175 community sessions throughout NSW which were attended by more than 3,300 people."

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 and how to access these, information about service providers, specific disabilities, funding, eligibility, equipment and planning and what to expect at different life stages."

The outcome of these consultations has been used to develop a discussion paper which will inform people about the proposed person-centred approach to providing disability services.

People will have an opportunity to provide feedback on this proposed approach through the final round of consultations which began in late April 2012.

Further information can be found on the ADHC website.

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