The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, today launched a funding package for the Aboriginal Disability Network (ADN) to take on the role as the peak organization for Aboriginal people with a disability in New South Wales.
"The NSW government is committed to continually improving its support of Aboriginal people with a disability and their carers," Mr Primrose said.
"Our upfront funding commitment of $234,500 and further funding of $184,500 recurrently will allow ADN to continue to play the role of peak organization, something it has been doing for a long time with minimal resources."
The NSW Government has made significant progress in employment and improved service delivery for Aboriginal people and this new funding will give Aboriginal people with a disability the forum to provide input into Government policy and program development.
"This peak organization will play an important role in raising systemic issues and advocating on behalf of Aboriginal people with a disability."
The endorsement of ADN as the new national peak organization for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability is the result of feasibility projects and consultations with the Aboriginal community, families and carers, and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Mr Primrose said that through Stronger Together - the NSW Government's $5.5 billion 10-year plan to improve disability services - aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has developed the Aboriginal Service Model to ensure the delivery of improved disability services and outcomes.
"This service model is based on a range of feedback, including extensive consultations with Aboriginal communities by the NSW Ombudsman's Office during its review of the Aboriginal Policy Framework and the Aboriginal Consultation Strategy.
"The Keneally Government is serious about reforming disability services so that it is more responsive to the needs of Aboriginal families and carers.
"As evidence of this we have set aside $53 million under Stronger Together phase two for 380 new intensive family support packages, including 180 packages specifically targeted for Aboriginal families.
"The Government also continues to work at enhancing the wellbeing of Aboriginal communities across the board by increasing Aboriginal employment in Government operated or funded services," Mr Primrose said.
"These improvements are achieved by improving the cultural competency of the agency and the sector to deliver services that better meet the needs of Aboriginal people."
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