People living in the Illawarra and South Coast can now access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) following the successful transition of disability services to the non-government sector and the complete rollout of the NDIS across the State, announced Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward.
Mrs Hancock said the arrival of the once-in-a-generation reform would transform the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers and was an important milestone for the South Coast.
“Previously people living with a disability on the South Coast didn’t have access to the Scheme, and now they will have more choice and control over their supports with hundreds of South Coast organisations registered as NDIS service providers,” Mrs Hancock said.
“At last, people with a disability are at the centre of decision-making and are empowered to live the life they choose.
“Last year the NSW Government provided $175,000 in funding to help local disability service providers such as Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, Interchange Shoalhaven, Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Services, Waminda and Coast & Country Community Services prepare for the roll out of the NDIS, and now it’s here they can begin improving lives and bettering care.
“In addition to increased support for people with a disability and their loved ones, the NDIS will help create new jobs for the South Coast, which is great news for our local economy.
Mr Ward said the NSW Liberal & National Government’s strong financial management has ensured the Scheme was delivered on time and to budget for the Illawarra and South Coast.
“In this year’s budget we saw $1.3 billion allocated to support the NDIS and its clients. More than 54,000 people with disability have already joined the NDIS in NSW, with a further 60,000 expected to join over the next year.
“The NDIS promotes choice, community inclusion, and engagement for people with disability. It demonstrates that the Berejiklian Government is ensuring regional and rural communities can also benefit from the roll out.
“We are committed doing everything we can to ensure people are ready to take advantage of all that the NDIS can deliver,” Mr Ward said.