The NSW Government is revising quality standards for disability services as part of a national move to develop a more consistent approach to improving the quality of services and outcomes for people who use disability services.
The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said that the NSW Government's Standards in Action manual was being updated to align with revisions to the National Standards for Disability Services, which are currently being reviewed.
He said that the Standards in Action manual was developed to assist service providers to implement the NSW Disability Service Standards and assist in service development.
"aging, Disability and Home Care received feedback from 715 people on the National Standards, following consultation held from April to June last year," Mr Primrose said.
"This feedback will be used to review the NSW Disability Service Standards.
"The information we received from people was extremely valuable and those who contributed have played a major role in the revision of the standards.
"The stakeholders confirmed the value of the Standards in Action manual as a useful tool in implementing the NSW Disability Services Standards."
Mr Primrose said that the updated manual would assist the non-government sector to achieve better outcomes for people with a disability, their families and carers.
He said that the NSW Government had made $17 million available to ensure that the non-government disability sector was well placed to deliver services to people with a disability that were responsive, innovative, of high quality and cost-effective.
This is essential given the new direction for disability services in NSW through the second phase of Stronger Together, the NSW Government's 10-year disability plan.
Mr Primrose said that ADHC was adopting a two-stage process to update the Standards in action manual.
Stage one will see the resource updated to include hyperlinks to relevant legislation and online resources, and is now available on the ADHC website.
Mr Primrose said that stage two would involve the content of each standard being reviewed in light of the revised National Standards and in partnership with the disability sector, over the next 18 months.
The revision is part of the National Quality Framework project, which forms part of the National Disability Agreement established in January 2009.
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