Ageing, Disability & Home Care

$1.5M investment to support Aboriginal disability services

19 February 2014



Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced $1.5 million for Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) to help expand their capacity to deliver disability services to Aboriginal people.

"This new funding from the NSW Government means that the disability sector will be much better prepared to provide services by the time the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out," Minister Ajaka said.

"Ensuring Aboriginal people with disability can exercise more choice and control in the support and services they can access is a priority for this government.

"This grant essentially means AbSec will be able to support an increase in the number of Aboriginal NGOs and range of services provided for Aboriginal people with a disability."

AbSec is the peak New South Wales Aboriginal body providing out of home care, such as for those with a disability, policy advice to the government and non-government sector on issues affecting Aboriginal families.

Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti said that the expertise and general knowledge of peak bodies like AbSec would enable the NDIS to better encapsulate the needs of Aboriginal people.

"Aboriginal people with disability, their families and carers will enjoy greater choice and control of their lives through services that more closely align with their needs from both a practical and a cultural perspective," Mr Sidoti said.

"Absec’s strong network and relationships with Aboriginal community organisations positions it well to achieve the goals of the NDIS."

AbSec Chief Executive Ms Angela Webb said AbSec is committed to building capacity in the disability sector for the Aboriginal community.

"It's about ensuring people with disability have access to culturally appropriate services and supports and goes to the heart of self-determination for Aboriginal communities."

Minister Ajaka said under the NDIS people with disability will be funded directly to choose the supports they need to achieve their personal goals.

"A vibrant and available market of service providers is the foundation of this reform," Minister Ajaka said.

"Equally important is that the market responds to the cultural diversity of people with disability, their families and carers."

To learn more about the NDIS visit www.ndis.gov.au

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