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NSW on the front foot ahead of NDIS launch in the Hunter

10 April 2013

Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance has today marked an important step towards the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Hunter, with the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW named as the provider of Ability Links NSW.

The well-known national organisation will provide 14 local area coordinators for the launch of the NDIS in July, helping people with disability, their families and carers plan their futures through individualised funding packages.

39 coordinators will work across the entire Hunter region from the middle of next year as work continues towards a fully operational NDIS in NSW in 2018.

“This is an important step to ensuring that people with disability are supported and that NSW is ready for the launch of the NDIS in the Hunter in July,” Mr Constance said.

“The St Vincent de Paul Society is a well-established national charity which aspires to shape a more just and compassionate society.

“It’s an organisation which encourages people to take control of their own destiny which aligns with the aims of the NDIS.

“The coordinators will work with people with disability, their families and carers to help them to plan their futures, building on their strengths and skills, and develop networks in their own communities to do what they want to do with their lives.

“Coordinators will also work with their local communities to help them become more welcoming and inclusive to people with disability.”

The NSW Government has committed $26.5 million per year for a total of 248 Ability Link NSW Coordinators across the State.

“NSW is proud to be the first State to agree to full funding of the NDIS with the Commonwealth, and today’s announcement demonstrates we’re on the front foot with preparations for this life-changing reform,” Mr Constance said.

“Over the next three years, 10,000 people with disability in the Hunter will experience the new individualised funding arrangements, giving them the freedom to pick and choose the services they want.

From 2018/19, the NSW Government will invest $3.13 billion and the Commonwealth $3.32 for a fully operational NDIS in NSW, benefiting around 140,000 people with disability.

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