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People with disability celebrate NSW NDIS agreement

7 December 2012



NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has today joined people with disability, their families and carers at Northcott Disability Services in North Parramatta, to celebrate the historic agreement with the Commonwealth to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Mr Constance said it’s a great deal for NSW and demonstrates the O’Farrell Government’s commitment to the most vulnerable in our community.

“This agreement builds on the NSW Government’s proud record of investment in disability services,” Mr Constance said.

“The NDIS will transform the lives of people with disability, and I am delighted that NSW is the first state to sign up to full funding.

“I want to acknowledge the thousands of people who lent their voice to the NDIS campaign. We have echoed that message to Canberra, and wouldn’t be in the position we are today without your commitment and support.”

The Commonwealth will invest $3.32 billion and NSW $3.13 billion from 2018/19, when the NDIS will be fully operational in NSW.

The scheme will be launched in the Hunter next July.

Northcott CEO Kerry Stubbs welcomed the agreement and said the NDIS will ensure that people with disability get the care and support they rightly deserve.

“An NDIS will transform the way disability services are funded and delivered, ensuring the people that rely on this assistance are better supported and have more say in the system and in their own lives,” Mrs Stubbs said.

“Here at Northcott we’re driven by a commitment to ‘do more’ for the more than 11,400 individuals and families we support – to provide more funding, to generate more opportunity and to create more choice. The NDIS will be a significant help with this.”

For 23-year-old Shirley Wong, who lives with cerebral palsy, is non-verbal and uses an iPad, communication board and sign language to communicate, the NDIS would change her life in a number of ways.

“It would help me get enough funding so that I could get better carers at TAFE. I would also like to get carers to come to my home to assist me in getting ready in the mornings so I don’t have to rely on my parents,” Ms Wong said.

“Being able to access funding would also mean I could make modifications to my home, like make the driveway smooth so I’m able to walk comfortably on it with my walker, and get an automatic door built so I can use it by myself.”

For more information on the NSW Government’s agreement with the Commonwealth visit www.nsw.gov.au/ndis.

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