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$585 million to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme

18 June 2013

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has demonstrated its commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, allocating $585 million in the Budget for the Hunter launch which begins next month.

Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, said the NDIS will transform the lives of people with disability, empowering them to make decisions about their services and supports.

"The NSW Government is on the front foot with preparations for the NDIS, allocating $585 million in the Budget to cover the Hunter launch, benefiting 10,000 people," Mr Constance said.

"The NSW Government is determined to ensure the life aspirations of people with disability are met, their fundamental human rights are upheld - and that's what the NDIS aims to achieve.

"People with disability in the Hunter will be phased into the NDIS on a month-by-month basis and allocated individualised funding packages, allowing them to pick and choose the supports they need.

"We will support people with disability in transitioning to the scheme, empowering them to make decisions about their futures, the supports they receive and who provides them, and give each individual the rights they deserve as citizens of this State."

People currently using existing disability supports in the Newcastle LGA will access the NDIS from 2013-14, while those in the Lake Macquarie LGA will start to access the scheme over 2013-14 and 2014-15. Existing clients living in the Maitland LGA will start accessing the scheme in 2015-16. New participants may come from all of the three LGAs.

The support people receive through the current system will stay in place until they have been assessed and their individual plans and support allocation confirmed.

"The NSW Government is committed to working collaboratively with the Commonwealth to ensure the NDIS is fully operational in NSW by July 2018," Mr Constance said.

"We were proud to be the first state to agree to the full funding of the NDIS with the Federal Government and are determined to ensure people with disability get the support they rightly deserve."

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