Empowering people with disability in NSW

People with disability will receive better and more reliable support as part of the NSW Government’s plan to bolster the rapidly growing disability support sector and promote more inclusive and accessible communities.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is transforming the way people with disability are supported and cared for and today is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of people, their carers and the workforce,” Mr Ward said.

“But the reality is not everyone is eligible to access the NDIS, which is why our Government has reinforced its commitment to provide important advocacy and inclusion services for all people with disability living in NSW.”

The 2020-21 NSW Budget included a $3.5 billion investment in the NDIS, and more than $112.5 million over the next four years for disability advocacy and inclusion services, including the new Disability Advocacy Futures Program.

An additional $17 million has been committed to boost jobs in the rapidly growing disability support sector, so that service providers can attract and upskill staff.

Minister Ward also announced changes to Disability Inclusion Action Plans (DIAP) today, governing how NSW Government agencies and Councils break down barriers and create more inclusive and accessible communities. Robust new guidelines will hold government accountable for creating real change in line with the review of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014

“Every Government agency and Council in NSW has a DIAP, and these new guidelines will drive changes that enable people with disability to enjoy more opportunities to participate in the community,” Mr Ward said.

“The changes embed the voices of people with lived experience at the centre of development, implementation and monitoring of DIAPs, with a stronger focus on outcomes that empower people to reach their full potential.”

As of 30 September 2020, more than 133,000 people across the State are accessing services and support through the NDIS, more than 66,000 for the first time.