Funding extension for people with disabilities, carers and advocates in Western Sydney

Monday, 16 March 2015

I welcome the announcement by Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, to extend funding for programmes that are transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Western Sydney through to 30 June 2016.

More than $950,000 will be provided, delivering certainty to people with disabilities, carers, families and advocates. It will enable the following programmes to be continued:

- Self Advocacy (Sydney) Incorporated, Blacktown: $192,744.52 under the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP), which provides people with disability of all ages access to effective disability advocacy services to protect their rights and promote their interests. Advocates can assist people with disability to make decisions that affect their lives, and can work to increase their capacity to understand the service options available to enable them to meet their goals.

- Baptist Care NSW & ACT, Seven Hills: $215,816.60 under the Young Carers Respite and Information Service Programme (YCRISP), which assists young carers who need support to complete their secondary education, or the vocational equivalent, due to the demands of their caring role. There are two components to YCRIS: the provision respite to give the carer ‘time off’, and information services providing referrals and advice.

- Halinda Special School at Whalan, operated by Anglicare: $309,584.14 under the Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability (OTD) programme that provides flexible care to students aged 12 to 18, which can include time before school, after school and during holidays.

- Sydney Anglican Home Mission Society Council in Cabramatta: $234,894.89 under the Young Carers Respite Information Service Programme.

The Abbott Government is committed to ensuring a better deal through the rollout of the NDIS, whilst ensuring that vital services continue to be delivered for those who need them in Western Sydney.