Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith has announced more than $78,000 in funding to help local disability service providers Sydney Regional Aboriginal Corporation, TRI Community Exchange and Lapstone Preschool Kindergarten Association, get ready for the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Penrith.
The NSW Government’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offers $4 million in grant funding to help providers in regional and remote NSW transition to the scheme and will go towards things like updating business plans or purchasing software.
“The NDIS is a once-in-a-generation reform that will transform the lives of people with disability, particularly those living in regional and remote NSW,” Stuart Ayres said.
“To ensure the transition to the NDIS in regional NSW goes smoothly, the NSW Government is investing even more to help disability service providers get NDIS-ready.”
“The TAP will ensure providers are ready for the change and help them plan for the future. Importantly, TAP will also support the growth of a vibrant and diverse disability services sector in all corners of NSW,” Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said.
The TAP is being delivered in partnership with Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) NSW.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has invested more than $30 million in sector and workforce development to prepare for the NDIS. More than 94 per cent of Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) funded disability organisations have accessed support funded through the Industry Development Fund.
Since 1 July 2016, people living in the Hunter New England, Southern NSW, Central Coast, Northern Sydney, South Western Sydney, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains have been able to access the NDIS.
From 1 July 2017, the NDIS will be in place across the rest of NSW, and people living in Northern NSW, Mid North Coast, Sydney, South Eastern Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW and Far West NSW will be able to access the NDIS.
Further information on TAP and a list of successful applicants is available at https://www.acs.asn.au/WCM/ACS/Resources/Community_Care/NSW_Transition_Assistance_Program.aspx