Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward welcomed Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s announcement that up to $26 million is available for disability advocacy services until 2020.

The funding will support people with disability to access these services during the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and in the early stages of full Scheme.

Mrs Hancock said the announcement is great news for local people living with disability.

“Feedback from South Coast advocacy organisations was that funding needed to be made available for longer to help families and those living with disability in the transition,” Mrs Hancock said.

“I thank the families and service providers who provided feedback on how we could continue to support them.

“I’m proud to be part of a Government that listens and responds to community needs,”
Mrs Hancock said.

Mr Ward said the NSW Government was committed to successfully transitioning services to the NDIS and ensuring people with disability are at the centre of choosing their supports.

“As somebody with a disability, I understand the importance of Government providing the opportunities for people with a disability to reach their full potential and achieve their goals,” Mr Ward said.

“I am extremely proud to have previously secured funding for The Flagstaff Group in North Nowra and for Northcott Disability Services in Oak Flats.

“A key focus of the NSW funding will be on activities that support inclusion of people with disability in their communities,” Mr Ward said.

Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, said NSW is leading the way in delivering the NDIS.

“This is the largest social reform since Medicare and it’s important we get it right for people with disability,” Mr Williams said.

“We will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government to ensure the NDIS is successful and sustainable in NSW.”

More than 84,000 people with disability in NSW are currently accessing the NDIS in NSW.