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Disability Sector Urged to Back NDIS Launch in Tasmania

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-10-27 - People with disability would benefit from the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme NDIS in Tasmania Australia. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Tasmanian Government.

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The Tasmanian State Government has stated people with disability would benefit from the launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Tasmania.

The Minister for Justice, Brian Wightman, told the Speak Out for Your Right Conference in Launceston that Tasmania would be the ideal location to launch the NDIS.

"The Government is a strong supporter of the NDIS, and we have been lobbying for some time to have it launched in Tasmania," Mr Wightman said.

"The Scheme offers a tremendous opportunity for people with disability to access an enhanced range of services, and improve their quality of life.

"A number of key stakeholders have also expressed their support for the NDIS, and I would encourage Speak Out members to join that campaign."

Mr Wightman said Speak Out provides advocacy services for people with a disability in Tasmania.

"The NDIS aims to provide all Australians with insurance for the costs of support if they or a family member acquire a disability," he said.

"The Tasmanian Government believes the NDIS is the fairest and most equitable way of supporting people with a disability."

Representing the Minister for Human Services, Cassy O'Connor, Mr Wightman said the Tasmanian Government was committed to delivering positive reform in the sector for the benefit of the 6000 people receiving specialist support in Tasmania.

"Just last month, the Disability Services Act 2011 was passed by the Tasmanian Parliament," he said.

"In July last year the State Government introduced the Gateway Services providing a single point of assessment and referral to a range of specialist and universal services.

"On top of that, all community access programs and respite care for children and adults have been moved wholly to the community sector.

"These are positive and constructive times for people with disability and for the disability services sector."

Mr Wightman congratulated Speak Out for its commitment to ensuring that people with an intellectual disability were able to represent themselves and make changes.

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