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Rally in Support of Disability Services - NSW Australia

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-11-02 - One in five NSW citizens have some form of disability including 200000 people with a severe or profound disability. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Department of aging, Disability and Home Care.

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Premier Kristina Keneally joined with community leaders at the Sydney Opera House forecourt to formally express her support for disability services and the NSW Government's Stronger Together program.

Addressing the rally, Premier Keneally said the NSW Government has injected an additional $1.3 billion into the sector over the last five years under Stronger Together 1, providing greater assistance for people with a disability and their families.

"Our 10-year disability services plan, Stronger Together, is already making a real difference for people with a disability, their families and their carers," Ms Keneally said.

"I am committed to supporting people with disabilities and their families. That is why we are working on Stronger Together 2 to take our State into the future. As I have previously committed, I will be announcing the details of Stronger Together 2 before the end of this year.

"More than 20,000 people in greatest need have been assisted with better access to early childhood intervention and family supports, case management, respite, attendant care and accommodation.

"In addition, more than 4,000 new respite places, 7,000 new therapy and case management places and 5,000 new early intervention places have been created.

"This year alone, the Government's total budget for specialist disability services and community care is $2.5 billion, an increase of nine per cent on the previous year, and a more than 40 per cent increase since the start of Stronger Together in 2006/7."

Premier Keneally said one in five NSW citizens have some form of disability - including 200,000 people with a severe or profound disability.

"The Government is committed to the next five years of Stronger Together, already consulting with stakeholders to ensure we get the best outcomes for people with a disability in NSW," Ms Keneally said.

Premier Keneally personally convened the first consultation forum for Stronger Together 2 through a state-wide roundtable with people with a disability, families, advocacy groups, peak disability organizations, service providers and unions.

"I heard what you had to say and my Government will continue the momentum in disability services, delivering a system that can address the needs of people with a disability and their families."

Minister for Disability Services Peter Primrose said that the Government's recent announcement of a $17 million Industry Development Fund recognized the partnership forged between the government and organizations in the disability sector.

"The Fund will improve value for money in the sector, enhance the capacity of non-government service providers and equip them to operate more efficiently and better respond to individual needs," Mr Primrose said.

"At the same time we are cutting red tape and unnecessary impediments to service providers so they can get on with the business of working for people with a disability.



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