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Historic NDIS legislation introduced into parliament

23 October 2013



The Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka has tonight tabled a Bill that will pave the way for life changing reforms in the disability sector.

Mr Ajaka said the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NSW Enabling) Bill 2013 means people with a disability now have real control and choice over how they want to live their lives.

“This legislation represents an historic milestone for people with a disability, many of whom have struggled to access the necessary supports to live with dignity and respect,” he said.

“We know that people outside of the Hunter area, where the NDIS has been trialled, want the same support, but this transition will be carefully planned.”

Mr Ajaka said the Bill will allow the Ageing, Disability and Home Care agency to work with staff and people with disability, their families and carers to implement a transition model.

The Bill lays a platform for the next five years to:

  • Support people with disability as they make decisions about their future;
  • Encourage skilled people to stay working in disability services by protecting continuity of employment, pay and industrial conditions if they transfer to non-government organisations;
  • Build the capacity of the disability services sector by making it possible to transfer buildings, equipment and other assets to the sector.

Mr Ajaka said the NDIS more than doubles funding for disability services in NSW to over $6 billion per annum from 2018.

“By 2018, the number of people receiving support will grow to 140,000, up from 90,000 now and will create up to 25,000 new jobs in the disability sector.”

The NDIS will roll out across NSW from 2016 to 2018. For more information on the go to: www.adhc.nsw.gov.au

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