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Have your say on the new Disability Inclusion Bill

6 February 2014



Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka reminded the general public to have their say on the draft Disability Inclusion Bill 2014 before consultation closes on 14 February.

"This legislation will ensure there is greater opportunity for people with disability by opening the door to individual choice in the way supports are provided," Minister Ajaka said.

"This is an opportunity to make sure your feedback, concerns and suggestions are heard while we implement the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

"The NSW Government needs to ensure the legislative framework embraces changes to support the individual rights of people, while providing necessary safeguards as we move towards full access under the NDIS.

"The Disability Inclusion Bill will be a landmark bill which upholds the rights of people with disability to live free from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

"The draft Bill includes provisions to introduce compulsory reporting safeguards in addition to the current investigative powers of the NSW Ombudsman to ensure the safety of all people with disability.

"The draft Bill also sets out the role of the NSW Government following the transition to the NDIS. While the NDIS transfers service provision from NSW Government to the Commonwealth, it does not alter our obligations to remain as protectors for people with disability."

The draft Bill will be available for public comment until 14 February 2014. Comment can be made online via  www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/dib, by phoning 1800 446 470 or by emailing disabilityinclusionbill@facs.nsw.gov.au.

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