Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

COUNTDOWN TO A NEW ERA IN DISABILITY SERVICES

Friday February 12, 2016

A new era for people with disability and their families in Mulgoa begins in just five months.

 

From 1 July 2016, people with disability and their families in Mulgoa will be able to access the support they want and live the life they choose as they join the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

 

Tanya Davies MP said 2016 will be an historic year for people with disability and their families, as she visited the Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO).

 

“Make no mistake, the NDIS is a game-changer. For the first time, people with a disability and their families will have real choice and control over their lives and the support they receive,” Tanya Davies said.

 

“Importantly, the NDIS will deliver many economic and social benefits to Mulgoa. New and existing providers will be looking to employ more staff to support people with disability, while more participants will be empowered to seek employment and access the community more,” Tanya Davies said.

 

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said the NSW Government was committed to delivering the NDIS in NSW.

 

“The NDIS is one of Australia’s great social reforms. However, with any reform there is the potential for some early challenges. To help make the rollout as smooth as possible, I would encourage people to start getting ready now,” Minister Ajaka said.

 

“People with disability, their families and carers should start thinking now about their goals and aspirations as well as what support they will need to achieve those goals”, said Minister Ajaka, “Everybody in the community can participate in this life-changing scheme. The NSW Government has made TAFE courses free for those who want to be one of the 25,000 additional staff we need in the disability sector.”

 

During her visit to NADO, Tanya Davies spoke with Denise Heath, CEO of NADO, as well as Anthony Mulholland, a man that suffers a mild form of intellectual disability. Mr Mulholland was glowing in his endorsement and enthusiasm for the NDIS.

 

“All changes that have been brought in under the NDIS have been beneficial. It’s interesting how the NDIS has helped people with disabilities integrate with the community. The NDIS allows people like me to live a life that we deserve,” Mr Mulholland said.

 

Denise Heath said, “Our workforce is already growing and diversifying, with much more emphasis on participants achieving goals and services through individually selected teams. We are passionate about helping people reach their goals and excited to be playing a part in this historic reform.”

 

With so many people coming into the scheme in such a short period of time, there is a planned approach to how people will access the NDIS. The majority of people currently receiving specialist disability supports will be able to access the NDIS in the first six months of the scheme launching.

 

The NSW Government will build on the lessons learned from the overwhelming positive experiences of those in the Hunter trial site and from the early rollout of the NDIS for children and young people aged 0-17 in Penrith and the Blue Mountains.

 

From 1 July 2016, people living in South Western Sydney, Hunter New England, Southern NSW, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains will be able to access the NDIS.

 

Information to support people and providers to get ready for the rollout on 1 July 2016 is available at www.ndis.nsw.gov.au