Ageing, Disability & Home Care

$2.7 billion to deliver improved services to older people and people with disability

18 June 2013

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is getting on with the job of delivering its record growth funding program for disability services while preparing NSW for the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services Andrew Constance said $2.7 billion has been allocated in the 2013-14 NSW Budget to support older people, people with disability, their families and carers.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has a proud record of supporting people with disability, demonstrated by our commitment to the NDIS in which we were the first state or territory to agree to the full rollout with the Commonwealth," Mr Constance said.

"The scheme will be launched in the Hunter next month, where 10,000 people with disability will be among the first in the country to experience the new individualised funding arrangements which underpin the NDIS."

As preparations continue for the launch of the NDIS, the NSW Government is continuing to deliver its record $2 billion growth program for disability services, with over $440 million allocated in this year's budget to deliver the third year of Stronger Together 2.

Over 9,000 new places will be created in 2013-14 to increase the capacity of the disability support system including:

  • more than 900 places for supported accommodation;
  • over 2,500 places for flexible respite;
  • more than 300 places for support networks for families, parents and people with disability

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring people with disability are supported in safe accommodation with $54 million to be invested on retrofitting group homes and supported accommodation facilities with sprinklers and building safety measures.

"Sprinklers will be installed in 330 homes for people with disability across the State," Mr Constance said.

"The evidence is clear that sprinklers do save lives, so we are determined to ensure this safety measure is in place to protect residents should an emergency arise.

The NSW Government also recognises the need to continue supporting people with disability, their families and carers with community care supports.

In 2013-14, $208 million will be invested for community care services for people with disability under 65 (50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people), enabling them to remain in their own homes.

"The Community Care Supports Program will continue to provide home-based assistance and support for people with disability under 65, or 50 for Aboriginal people, in their communities," Mr Constance said.

"The program will continue to deliver domestic and personal care services, community-based transport and social support activities."

The Minister said the 2013-14 Budget sets NSW on a path to make the NDIS a reality while continuing to deliver improved services for people with disability, their families and carers.

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