The NSW Government is committed to creating a disability service system that puts people with disability at the centre of decision making with the right to choose how they receive services and access the community.
Central to this is enabling the sector to take control of building its capacity and making the necessary changes in preparation for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Industry Development Fund (IDF) has been a vision for the sector, by the sector. The NSW Government has supported this vision through the injection of $17 million towards realising this vision. This is just one part of a series of investments that will support the transition to the NDIS.
Stronger Together 2 and the NDIS together herald a significant change in focus towards person centred, individualised supports that give people with disability unprecedented choice and control over the services they receive.
I am proud that on 6 December 2012 NSW was the first state to sign a historic agreement with the Commonwealth Government to make the NDIS a reality for people with disability in NSW. The agreement will see the Commonwealth Government invest $3.32 billion a year from 2018–19 for the NDIS rollout in NSW with the state contributing $3.13 billion. About 140,000 people across NSW stand to directly benefit from the agreement.
The NSW disability service sector has a long and proud history of supporting and advancing the interests of people with disability, their families and carers. Growing from parent-led initiatives to improve the quality of life and community involvement of their children, the sector now comprises over 700 non-government, not-for-profit organisations. These organisations contribute much to the lives of the people they support, as well as to communities across NSW.
The changing service delivery environment has a significant impact on the way disability service providers will offer and deliver services into the future. Providers will need to make significant changes and meet significant milestones over the next 12 – 18 months and beyond.
The NSW Government has invested through the IDF to develop initiatives and tools that directly assist ADHC-funded non-government, not-for-profit, disability service providers to make these adjustments. The NSW Government is committed to a sector that includes not-for-profit organisations delivering contemporary, high-quality services and supports to help people live their lives the way they choose.
The Hon. John George AJAKA, MLC
Member of the Legislative Council
Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and Minister for the Illawarra