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Enabling Bill a major step on road to disability reform

NDIS Enabling Legislation

20 Nov 2013

(See bottom of this page for a video message from Minister Ajaka)

The Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka, today welcomed the passage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Enabling Bill 2013 through the NSW Parliament.

"This is a great moment for people with disabilities, their families, carers and the care workers who support them," Mr Ajaka said.

"The Bill contains the measures necessary to make the NDIS a reality in NSW and helps to make sure that by 2018 people with disability will have greater choice and control of the support they receive.

"The enabling legislation will ensure skilled people remain in the disability services sector, by protecting continuity of employment, pay and industrial conditions if they transfer to other opportunities within the sector.

"Non-government disability service providers already deliver more than 60 per cent of government funded services in the sector, and this Bill will give them greater ability to grow and diversify.

"On behalf of people with disabilities, I would also like to congratulate my parliamentary colleagues from all sides of politics who passed the Bill. Mr Ajaka said that under the NDIS, annual funding for the NSW disability sector will more than double, from more than $2.5 billion currently, to $6.4 billion each year by 2018.

"This injection of funding will mean up to an additional 50,000 people with disability and their families will be eligible for support under the NDIS, creating up to 25,000 new jobs in the disability sector," he said. The NDIS is currently being rolled out at the Hunter launch site, and will be rolled out across the state from 2016, with full roll out in 2018.

Video transcript (PDF)


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