Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

$100 MILLION TO BE REINVESTED IN DISABILITY SERVICES AFTER NDIS MILESTONE

Wednesday September 2, 2015

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has reached a major milestone, with the NSW Government announcing the future operator for Home Care Service NSW.

Tanya Davies MP and Stuart Ayres MP were delighted to announce the successful tenderer for the Home Care Service as Australian Unity.

“Not only will people with disability be in capable hands with Australian Unity as the operator of Home Care, the NSW Government will use the proceeds to establish a Disability Sector Transition Fund to support the NDIS process,” said Tanya Davies.

Home Care has a 70 per cent market share in NSW, helping older people and people with disability to live independently in their own homes as well as providing support to carers.

Stuart Ayres MP said “Throughout this transfer the Government’s highest priority has been the continuity and quality of care that a new service provider can deliver. It was a highly competitive and extensive process to find an organisation that is well placed to successfully deliver services for home care staff and clients."

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said that Australian Unity has a long track record of delivering high quality client-directed home and aged care and is a mutual provider with a growing presence in the disability sector.

“The transfer of this vital service to Australian Unity is good news for Home Care’s clients and the 4,000-strong workforce, who the clients depend on,” Mr Ajaka said.

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the $100 million unlocked by this transition will be reinvested in the disability sector to help with the transition to the NDIS.

“The good news is, not only will people with disability be in capable hands with Australian Unity as the operator of Home Care, the NSW Government will use the proceeds to establish a Disability Sector Transition Fund to support the NDIS process,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Rohan Mead, Group Managing Director and CEO of Australian Unity said Australian Unity would invest in the development of the business.

“We’re here to stay. We will look after current staff and clients. And we’re here to grow, we want clients to access a continuum of care as their needs change,” Mr Mead said.