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HISTORIC DISABILITY REFORM SECURED FOR DUBBO ELECTORATE

Friday, December 07, 2012
The National Disability Insurance Scheme will become a reality for people with a disability in the Dubbo electorate under an historic Heads of Agreement signed by the NSW and Australian Governments.

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grantsaid NSW has secured a great deal for people with disability, their families and carers - with the Commonwealth to spend $3.32 billion in 2018 for the scheme’s roll out across the State.

“There are 5,740 disability services clients in Western NSW region; this is a massive win for people with disability in the Dubbo electorate," said Mr Grant.

“I know that a number of people in our community have battled long and hard to get the NDIS ‘locked in’, and I’m proud the NSW Government has delivered."

The Agreement will see the Commonwealth invest $3.32 billion in 2018 for the NDIS roll out in NSW with the State to contribute $3.13 billion in 2018.

“The NSW Government has a proud record in disability services through our record $2 billion growth program Stronger Together 2, which has been acknowledged by the Commonwealth in their contribution.”

Mr Grant said the NDIS will ensure people with disability get the care and support they rightly deserve.

“For too long, people with disability have battled against a system that fails to cater for their individual needs and aspirations,” Mr Grant said.

“People are dictated to as to what services they can have, and by whom they can have them. It is a system based on rationing, not on entitlement.

“We are experiencing growth in demand for services of up to 10 per cent per annum. That’s why we have long argued for the introduction of the NDIS."

The NSW Government has been working hard to ensure the State is ‘NDIS ready’ under our own reform with a commitment to deliver individualised funding packages from July 2014.

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