Ageing, Disability & Home Care

$2.8 million to support services transitioning to the NDIS

24 March 2014

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today visited Connectability in Hamilton and announced a $2.8 million NSW Government Fund to assist disability services providers transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“Connectability is one of the applicants for funding and is one of the Hunter region’s prime examples of the type of service providers that stands to benefit from this funding,” Mr Ajaka said.

“We want to help organisations prepare for change as part of the NDIS, which is being progressively rolled out with nearly 1,000 participants in the Hunter region to date.

“Connectability is a fantastic service provider in the Hunter region that NDIS participants have already nominated for services.

“National Disability Services will administer the funds, which will assist non-government organisations (NGOs) with costs such as streamlining back office functions.

“All NSW Government-funded specialist disability and community care NGOs are able to apply for support, however in the first stages, priority will be given to NGOs in the Hunter area currently involved in the NDIS launch.

“We want providers to be able to make the changes necessary in their organisations so they are prepared to take on new challenges to support their current, and future clients.”

Member for Newcastle Tim Owen said the NDIS is about giving full choice and control to people with a disability, through enabling people with a disability and their family to make decisions about the support they need and the life that they want to live.

“This additional funding will not only assist non-government organisations to provide sought after services, but improve the quality and availability of activities available to people with a disability.”

Applications will close for the first round of funding in late March 2014. The second round will open on 29 March and close on 16 May – this round is also targeted at Hunter providers.

Further rounds across NSW will be opened in June 2014.

Small to medium-sized service providers can apply for grants of up to $25,000. Large organisations that can demonstrate substantial, sector wide benefits through the use of this support can also apply.

For more information or to apply for support visit or call 9256 3111.

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