Premier Kristina Keneally and Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose today held the final consultation meeting with people with a disability, their families, peak bodies and disability service providers to discuss outcomes of community consultations on the future of disability services in NSW.
The meeting follows 13 local and regional consultations held across the State which led to almost 500 submissions from community organizations, family groups and individuals.
Stronger Together is the NSW Government's 10-year plan to expand and improve services for people with a disability and their families. It has already injected $1.3 billion in growth funding over the first five years.
The funding has increased services such as respite and supported accommodation for people with a disability, their families and carers.
These consultations are about listening to the people involved in the disability sector and making sure we get the plan right for the next five years.
"This is about helping those who support and assist the most vulnerable in our community," Ms Keneally said.
Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said this final roundtable would give people the opportunity to provide their feedback on the draft consultation report before it is released publicly.
"The consultations included an initial briefing with families, peak bodies and service providers at the Premier's Roundtable in June," Mr Primrose said.
"We also released a consultation paper seeking online and written submissions.
"More than 300 people participated in the consultations showing there is strong community interest in the future direction of services for people with a disability and their families and carers." Mr Primrose said that the consultations provided clear evidence to support the Government's planned reform agenda for Stronger Together for the next five years. "The consultation process ensured the plan and the sector's views aligned," Mr Primrose said.
"Stronger Together was launched in 2006 to support people of all ages with a disability and those who care for them.
"In its first three years, Stronger Together, has met or exceeded all targets, creating 20,000 more disability services places in the areas where they are most needed."
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